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.
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.”