It’s never a good sign when you’re an adviser to the president and have to put out a statement of apology for yourself.

It’s even worse when your not-exactly household name starts bubbling up in the blogosphere and it has nothing to do with getting out White House talking points. KASHMIR

That’s the pickle that Obama’s “green jobs” adviser, Van Jones, has landed in. The White House promoter of clean energy finds his past not-so-clean language calling Republicans “a–holes” unearthed. (in all fairness he also calls himself by that word, and he made the remark a month before being appointed to the White House Council.)

If that’s not enough in the current politically tense environment (think healthcare), his signature on a 2004 petition that basically says the Bush administration “may have deliberately” allowed 9/11 to happen has come to light (he’s number 46, actor Ed Asner is number 2).

“If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize,” Van Jones says in a statement. “As for the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”