A victory for conservatives:
President Barack Obama's adviser Van Jones has resigned amid controversy over past inflammatory statements, the White House said early Sunday.
Van Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly "green jobs" with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001 terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.
The resignation comes as Obama is working to regain his footing in the contentious health care debate.
Jones issued an apology on Thursday for his past statements. When asked the next day whether Obama still had confidence in him, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said only that Jones "continues to work in the administration."
The matter surfaced after news reports of a derogatory comment Jones made in the past about Republicans, and separately, of Jones' name appearing on a petition connected to the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. That 2004 petition had asked for congressional hearings and other investigations into whether high-level government officers had allowed the attacks to occur.
"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones said in his resignation statement. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."
No, it wasn't a 'smear campaign', it was something we conservatives like to refer to as facts. Van Jones is a communist, 9/11 Truther, radical left-wing crackpot and certified Bush-hater. Jones resigned because the truth caught up to him and Barack Obama embarrassed himself and this country by giving this far-Left loon a cabinet post within his administration. And what with all the other corrupt figures in the Obama administration, a health care reform package that sees no signs of passing and approval ratings now dipping into the 40's, hopefully this is the beginning of the end for Barack Obama.