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Van Jones Resigns; Left To Hang By Obama For Cursing Republicans and Signing 9/11 Truth Statement?

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Van Jones Resigns; Taken Out For Cursing Republicans and Signing 9/11 Truth Statement?

Van Jones called Republicans what most of the people who voted for Obama call them. And he signed a statement calling for further inquiry and explanation of 9/11-- the original 9/11 truth document. Was he left hanging by the Obama Administration for doing what scores of millions of Americans would also do?

Van Jones has been the target of a vicious smear campaign for weeks. Tonight, he resigned his position as special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Apparently, the White House and president Obama did not stand behind Jones, one of the most respected leaders in the ecological movement. The Washington Post reported,

'White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that Jones "continues to work for the administration" -- but he did not state that the adviser enjoys the full support of President Obama, instead referring all questions to the environmental council where he worked, signaling the resignation was imminent.'

Jones recently issued two apologies. One was for calling Republicans "a**holes." The other was for signing a statement in 2004 supporting a call for further investigation of 9/11, which suggested that the Government might have had a role in the 911 attack. The original document can be found here, with Van Jones the 46th signatory (and this writer was the 47th.) Ironically, one of the most vocal "birthers, who question the validity of Obama's birth certificate, Phillip J. Berg, was also a signatory of the same statement, 8th on the list.

This resignation will probably seen as a double victory for Glenn Beck and his fans. Beck mounted a toxic attack campaign against Jones, with multiple lies and false accusations cast against Jones. I say a double victory because the right wing echo chamber, including many members of Congress played a role in the attempt to destroy this man's reputation.


I've followed Van Jones ascent for a number of years. He's been featured on the covers of countless magazine covers as a man of sparkling vision and integrity. He exudes it when you meet him. There's something wrong with the Obama administration's failure to stand behind him.

Jones issued a statement just after midnight, early on September 6th, stating,

"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."

Perhaps it wouldn't have come to this if the Obama administration had made a clear statement backing Jones. Instead, Glenn Beck and the right wing get to claim a major victory in taking out a rising progressive star. Let's be clear. This was not handled right by the White House. It is one more nail in the coffin of the relationship between the Obama administration and the left-- the progressives who handed Obama and the Democratic Congress their victory in 2008.

I say that this is a double victory because the Obama White House response will do damage to the relationship of the White House and perhaps the Democratic Party with progressives, 9/11 Truthers and perhaps all of the people who still question the report and findings of the 9/11 commission. Multiple polls have indicated that over 40% of respondents feel that questions were unanswered.

Over the past few weeks, Glenn Beck repeatedly hammered false claims that Jones was a "Czar"-- a term that some media people had applied to him, and that he was a communist. All across America, Beck listeners were citing this at the town halls of the August congressional break.

With the taste of fresh blood, one has to ask, who will Beck and his right wing dogs go after next, now that they know Obama and his team will leave them hanging?

 

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Thanks Ron. This is distressing to say the least. ... by Michael Collins on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 1:49:15 AM
Why are democrats always so weak? Why does Obama n... by Nathan Nahm on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 1:58:04 AM
The first word I received on Van Jones was Keith O... by Jason Paz on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 2:18:32 AM
This is becoming a depressingly familiar reaction ... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 3:20:34 AM
(whaeverhappened to "pitbull" Chief-of-Staff, Rahm... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 8:40:14 AM
Scott Baker may have hit it on the head.I think Ob... by Guitar Chris on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 3:58:27 AM
Guitar....I agree. Obama is a sell out and yes....... by AStarSpangledGirl on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 5:44:29 AM
But then I decided that Obama is giving all the ro... by daveys on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 4:13:27 AM
Um, I think we will all hang together, before the ... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 4:30:17 AM
My question is, why did he resign? If you are goin... by thomas unger on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 5:06:52 AM
If you are going to the wall for what you believe ... by Dana Pico on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 7:01:24 AM
While Van Jones may well have gotten a raw deal fr... by Eugene Elander on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 5:07:22 AM
WTF!? There are a LOT of us who don't believe the ... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 8:50:30 AM
The only far out view is believing a 47 story buil... by Dan Koch on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 11:51:57 PM
since Republican politicians and politicians are a... by luckydjw on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 10:56:17 PM
1. The more far-out view of the collapses of the 3... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 3:26:43 PM
I say we go for the SCIENCE CZAR and then Valery J... by AStarSpangledGirl on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 5:33:57 AM
...Doncha smell that SMELL!..There it is again!... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 8:52:33 AM
Why would Obama be afraid of what really happened ... by bruce bowman on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 6:06:11 AM
...all those who are NOT for Re-investigating this... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 9:02:23 AM
He made his bed, and is so very upset that he has ... by Dana Pico on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 6:57:10 AM
All of these high ranking officials, architects, e... by Bob Gormley on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 7:02:43 AM
Couldn't agree with you more. We must not let up. ... by Nick van Nes on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 7:41:47 AM
it has always seemed like a no brainer for the dem... by tanya on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 7:22:06 AM
I got a similar call from DSCC and i gave them a p... by luckydjw on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 11:07:50 PM
I have no regrets having voted for Cynthia McKinne... by Nick van Nes on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 7:27:44 AM
And we are all going to pay very dearly once the A... by Ed Encho on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 7:50:38 AM
I think it's simply asking too much to expect prin... by Hoss Hoss on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 7:57:40 AM
this article, and most of this comment thread are ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 8:23:45 AM
When will the brain-dead American public wake up f... by Patrick Henningsen on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 9:36:21 AM
to support your contention that Obama recieved hun... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 10:38:01 AM
The only comparisan I was making was the fact they... by Mel Smith on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 11:34:21 AM
I find the reasons for his resignation preposterou... by Mary Bell Lockhart on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 9:53:47 AM
Van Jones repudiated his endorsement of the 2004 d... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 10:14:04 AM
"As for the petition... I do not agree with this s... by csnet on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 12:05:17 PM
and be forthright in saying he did to try to keep ... by luckydjw on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 11:19:44 PM
We all know how political discussions between indi... by InsuranceTeaseDOTcom on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 11:16:11 AM
I think he very well should resign. People in the ... by Frank Proctor on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 11:19:13 AM
Learning to think for themselves!?...we can't have... by Bia Winter on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 9:10:52 AM
... I was this morning when I read of Van Jones' ... by Professor Fandel on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 11:20:51 AM
Because of??????? "A-holes??"If so, how ridiculous... by Professor Fandel on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 11:51:19 AM
I think this article sums up Obama perfectly.....c... by 911TRUTH on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 11:34:47 AM
... a great article that speaks about my feelings ... by Professor Fandel on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 12:17:42 PM
I question the character of a president who is so ... by Roger on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 11:59:02 AM
I hadn't seen the 9-11 site before, although after... by John Toradze on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 11:59:06 AM
You can be a tax cheat, You can threaten to annih... by Anton Grambihler on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 12:35:01 PM
Mr. Jones' resignation says less about the Obama a... by Bruce on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 12:37:09 PM
There should be a new 911 truth petitionwhich forc... by Brian Jenkins on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 12:45:47 PM
This is to be expected. If you get in a position l... by J. Edward Tremlett on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 1:44:10 PM
Back in Sept 2007, MoveOn.org published an ad in t... by Don Smith on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 1:46:57 PM
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Fred Burks on Examiner.com wrote "False Flag Opera... by Carl Herman on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 1:59:13 PM
The last thing the powers that be want in any upp... by comncents on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 2:34:54 PM
Let his epitaph read: "Greater love hath no man th... by Matoska on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 2:40:03 PM
As for the "media," why not address the questions ... by Jon Gold on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 2:41:16 PM
click here... by Jon Gold on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 2:54:38 PM
This reminds me of the final straw for me with Cli... by wagelaborer on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 3:09:47 PM
To the contrary, 9/11 will be investigated because... by Nick van Nes on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 9:45:41 PM
I'm a 61 year old disabled veteran . I have encoun... by Larry Monks on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 3:54:44 PM
anytime anyone gets anywhere near the main core of... by remo on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 4:02:49 PM
Probably Van Jones was the only honest member of t... by paul craig roberts on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 5:35:17 PM
I mistakingly thought you were talking about this.... by Jon Gold on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 6:44:02 PM
The right wing crazies have already won. They have... by Tom Sciamanna on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 6:46:48 PM
He is leaving for calling Republicans a-holes and ... by Gallaher on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 7:32:50 PM
Van Jones may have been slightly incorrect by call... by Dave Kisor on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 7:44:52 PM
As a Canadian I am familiar with the Republican pi... by Walter Heywood on Sunday, Sep 6, 2009 at 10:14:49 PM
this pitbull conservatism is represents white peop... by social talker on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 4:21:34 PM
Van Jones would have been ousted for the 9/11 stat... by Dan Koch on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 12:02:27 AM
I don't think the Van Jones story goes very deep, ... by Perry Logan on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 6:01:29 AM
tion of facts. The "law and order" Republicans (an... by luckydjw on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 11:45:13 PM
I signed that 9-11petition as well. I read over 20... by shirley reese on Monday, Sep 7, 2009 at 1:16:52 PM
Rob-The point of Jones' a-holes comment was Republ... by Robert Malin on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 1:25:39 PM
I give up on the Democrats. They always have an ex... by Don Mullican on Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 at 7:27:01 PM
Astonishing. Republicans in office call anyone dis... by Lawless One on Thursday, Sep 10, 2009 at 12:30:50 AM
to EDGE LAND. Why wouldn't a prominent, up-and-com... by Alan Donelson on Saturday, Sep 12, 2009 at 1:22:57 AM
This 'resignation' was not about insulting Republi... by Editor, TvNewsLIES.org on Sunday, Sep 13, 2009 at 12:53:20 PM