Born September 20, 1968 as Anthony Jones in Jackson, Tennessee
Education: University of Tennessee and Yale Law School
Occupation: Civil Rights, Human Rights and Environmental Activist
Nominated as Green Jobs Czar: March 10, 2009
Status: Resigned, September 6, 2009
Length of Service: 180 days
President Barack Obama’s Green Jobs Czar Van Jones tendered his resignation on Sunday, September 6, 2009 as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The text of Van Jones resignation letter:
“I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today.
On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.
I have been inundated with calls – from across the political spectrum – urging me to “stay and fight.”
But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.
It has been a great honor to serve my country and my President in this capacity. I thank everyone who has offered support and encouragement. I am proud to have been able to make a contribution to the clean energy future. I will continue to do so, in the months and years ahead.”
Van Jones says “I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend previous time and energy defending or explaining my past.” Could he possibly be referring to some of these past statements?
-Signing a petition that said the government was behind 9/11.
-Calling Republicans a*******
-Etc., etc., etc.
Why did they get rid of him? Perhaps he didn’t pass his FBI background check, perhaps Barack Obama and those in his administration felt Van Jones is even too far-left for them, perhaps his case of Obama fever (as seen in this video at 2:12) got worse, perhaps the swaying public opinion changed their mind, or perhaps they didn’t like him calling Barack Obama, “Barack Hussein Obama”.
Radio host Michael Savage’s thoughts on Van Jones.
Now that Van Jones has resigned, will he pack his bags and head out of D.C. on the peace train?