Obama administration green jobs commissar Van Jones is a funny guy. He’s a self-avowed Communist. He has also kindly revealed the truth about his interest in the whole “green jobs” shtick. And his shtick is exactly what endeared Obama alter ego Valerie Jarrett to him.
Today we noted that, in addition to his other distinctions, Comrade Jones appears to be a 9/11 Truther. Jones’s name is appended as a signatory on a Truther statement calling “for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.” Jones is the kind of guy Bill Clinton has previously said should be ashamed of himself (“how dare you?”), on that ground alone.
Ben Smith reports that Jones has now issued the following statement:
In recent days some in the news media have reported on past statements I made before I joined the administration – some of which were made years ago. If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize. 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.
My work at the Council on Environmental Quality is entirely focused on one goal: building clean energy incentives which create 21st century jobs that improve energy efficiency and use renewable resources.
Smith comments: “The statement suggests that the White House will stand by Jones, who has become a top target of Fox News’s Glenn Beck and other conservatives online, on talk radio and on cable news, which focused on his rhetorical attacks on ‘U.S. imperialism,’ among other targets and the allegation in some quarters that he is — literally — a ‘communist.’ The silence as Labor Day weekend approached had suggested that the ground was being laid for a quiet departure.”
Close readers of Jones’s statement today will note a mysterious lacuna. The statement omits any explanation of how Jones’s name was added as a signatory to the 9/11 Truth statement (along with such notables as Cynthia McKinney, Michelle Shocked and Ed Asner) that he has now disavowed. That’s one mystery Jones would prefer to leave unexamined.
UPDATE: Allahpundit joins me in a close reading of the text.
MORE: On super secret background, a White House source explains that Jones is not a close reader of the text.