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Breaking: Van Jones A Remarkably Bad Liar

Perhaps indicating why he has never been a politician, Van Jones lays a whopper on the American public (my emphasis):

A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed with a 2004 petition on which his name appears, a petition calling for congressional hearings and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into “evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.”

Van Jones, the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is Number 46 of the petitioners from the so-called “Truther” movement which suggests that people in the administration of President George W. Bush “may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.”

In a statement issued Thursday evening Jones said of “the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”

He did not explain how his name came to be on the petition. A source said Jones did not carefully review the language in the petition before agreeing to add his name.

Jones’ statements are so laughable that one could be forgiven for thinking that this is a parody from The Onion (it’s not; I checked the URL … twice).

He and the Obama administration are really expecting us to believe that Jones didn’t know what he was signing? That just begs the question, what did he think it was? Why did Truther group come to him for a signature in the first place? What made them think he would sign it? Did they know of Jones’ apparent disdain for reading what he puts his name on and figure he would offer up his John Hancock without any issue? Or did they, being composed of several other statist weirdos (Cynthia McKinney, Howard Zinn), activists (Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans of Code Pink), and radicals (Ed Asner, Ralph Nader), know full well that Jones would happily sign the petition because it fits in with his own radical views?

Don’t expect any answers to these questions to be forthcoming.

At this point, the White House isn’t answering any of these questions, but they will have a difficult time sticking with the “I didn’t read it” defense for very long. To be sure, lots of excuses will be offered up by the media in an attempt to provide cover for Obama’s administration, but this isn’t a story that can just go quietly away. They tried to do that with Rev. Wright, but the buzz from non-MSM sources kept it alive until Obama was forced to throw Wright under the bus (with his own grandma!). Expect the same here.

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23 Responses to Breaking: Van Jones A Remarkably Bad Liar

  • On “Special Report” Charles Krauthammer, Mara Liasson and Steve Hayes say Jones will be gone by Monday.

    There are no good answers for this and it appears that Obama has plumb done run out of slack to slip-slide past stupidity like this.

    About time.

  • I predict Van Jones will still be there next week.
    Obama won’t admit the appointment of of Van Jones was a mistake, besides .. who really cares about “Green Jobs” since that ruse is wearing thin.

  • D.C. is full of nothing but criminals, liars, hypocrites, cheaters and scum. Doesn’t matter is Jones is gone or not in a week. Some other piece of c#%p will replace him in a heartbeat.

  • I’ll stick with Krauthammer: Van Jones is gone soon.

    Cynicism about Obama or Washington isn’t the point.

    I’m sure Obama’s preference would be to leave Jones in place but Obama’s moderate mask is wearing thinner than Green Jobs and he can’t afford to keep Jones around as the portrait of Dorian Gray showing who Obama really is. Voters are figuring it out.

  • The only difference between Jones and other racist communists connected with the Whitehouse is that Jones was, at one time, honest about his racist communism, boisterous in fact.

    • Yeah. At least he was open about it before. Now he’s more like “I’m not the truther you’ve looking for. You can go about your business. Move along.”

  • Go to http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/ they have a link to Pence.com showing Van Jones was an ORGANIZER for a 911 truther March IN 2002.

    I am sure that if the WH ever gets asked about this that they will reiterate Van Jones statement

    “, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”

    And assure us that it is another Van Jones was that was one of the organizers instead of the Van Jones in question.

    Who are you going to believe them or your lying eyes.

  • I find it reprehensible that the White House would perpetrate the myth that a black man would not be capable of reading and understanding petitions he is signing. The racist conduct of this administration is shocking and must be investigated.

    Van Jones clearly reads what he signs onto. I’ve watched several of his speeches and he’s clearly intelligent and comprehends what he is discussing, associating with, etc. That this President would instruct his spokespersons to portray Van Jones as a helpless black sambo is disgusting. So much for the transformation of race relations most of us independents anticipated would occur with his election.

  • Countdown to “This is not the Van Jones I thought I knew” in 5 … 4 … 3 …

  • I think you are all missing the point about how serious this is. Candidate Obama promised us that he would change washington, that he would be different. He claimed he would not answer to lobbyists, or to favorite groups. He would have an open and transparant administration. he ran as a candidate for change.
    In office President Obama has increased secrecy for administration, he has failed to fill his cabinet (mandated by law) which are vetted by congress. He instead has surrounded himslef with like minded czars who answer ot no one except him. we are not allowed to vett them or we are criticized. they have very liberal, communist, extreme views that make it clear that they hate what made this country strong.
    Congress has been kept busy spending our money recklessly (money to prisoners under the stimulus bill) taking over private businesses, destroying jobs (auto dealerships, mostly that were thriving and supporting communities and employing people – probably final cost in jobs will be 100,000 to 200,000). he is attempting to redo health care forever, headed by advisors who think that forced steriliazation and abortions are good for society. Who puts values on life such as 1 15 year old equals 14 80 year olds when it comes to cost of health care to society. This is just the beginning. Jones is just one of 33 unauthorized ‘advisors’ to the president, who will be given regualtory control over our lives. Jones is just a tip of the iceberg.

  • How does this guy surprise anyone?
    Easily pointing to two others of similar nature, Wright Ayers.
    I agree with Bruce, tip of the iceberg.

    All associates of? That’s right, the President.
    Instead of sending tingles running up my leg this is raising the hackles on the back of my neck. Gosh, where’s my snuggly unicorn to make all this go away?

    WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

  • Jones is not just an associate; he is an Obama czar. He gets face time with the President of the United States. He directly represents the Obama administration to American voters.

    This distinction may not matter to QandO readers, but it does to voters and therefore matters to the Obama administration as well.

    I’m not privy to their calculations, but this isn’t good for Team Obama, especially while Obama’s poll ratings are in free fall and increasingly more people are realizing Obama is not the pragmatic, unifying centrist they were fooled into voting for.

  • This is totally going to blow over.

    BTW – Why tear down honestly good people? What are you actually doing for your own communities? Are you doing anything for the people around you – I mean people that aren’t a part of your family.

    While you call people who care about “communities” communists, I call you selfish and spiritually limited. Oh – then I guess it’s fair.

    Regarding the signing of a petition, lots of people wanted a deeper investigation in 2004. There were a lot of unanswered questions regarding the Bin Laden Family exit the day after, the lax attitude of the White House Administration to take warnings extended by the CIA and FBI and more. Any patriotic person who hopes to protect the country from further such disasters should be eager to get to the bottom of the matter. Instead, the matter.

    P.S. I’m white and I have met Van Jones and he is a loving human. Get down with that boys, if you possibly can.

    • Any thoughts on the “white people” polluting the minority neighborhoods thing?
      The Bush licking the Crack Pipe thing?
      “Republicans are assholes” ringing any bells?

      It’s not going to blow over, he’s going to find himself tossed under the bus by his buddy, very shortly.

      I’m white and I didn’t object to a “black” man becoming President. I object to this particular man. Having had hopes he was many of the things his slick marketing scheme claimed was, I now find I didn’t get “wow”, I got “Sham-wow”. I also object to the company he continually chooses to keep.

      Get down with that, if you possibly can, without calling me a racist.

  • [Kaus] hears today is the day the MSM (not just Tapper) officially turns on Van Jones, the White House “green jobs” adviser who signed a 2004 Truther petition. ‘Gone by midnight’ is the prediction.

    Van Jones Gone In 60 Seconds

    We’ll see, of course, but it doesn’t surprise me.

  • I’m white and I have met Van Jones and he is a loving human. Get down with that boys, if you possibly can.

    Shouldn’t be a problem. Unlike you, we don’t view being fool enough to fall for charlatans like Wright, Obama, Jones, et. al. as a ‘black’ trait. We leave that to useful idiot racists like yourself.

    oh, and ‘boys?’ You might want to rethink that one, too. If you possibly can.

  • I’m cynical: he will stay and this will all blow over soon enough.

    • I’m cynical: he will stay and this will all blow over soon enough.

      It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. I’d be hard-pressed to say which is worse for Obama: dumping Jones or keeping him.

      Dumping Jones is a humiliation of course, but it gets things over with. Keeping Jones leaves Obama vulnerable to constant attacks and keeps the commie-socialist frame alive, which is particularly bad while Obama is trying to socialize medicine.

  • Nah. I think it’s over. WaPo is now covering the story and yet more material (see GatewayPundit) is coming out.

    It will be like Rathergate. Once WaPo weighs in, everyone else does. The Jones story stinks too bad and has no mitigation. Luckily Obama got a bigger bus a long time ago.