The current pattern of behavior in the Obama administration is such that no one lies, and everyone misspeaks. Tax cheats are experts on finances on a grand scale, but we are led to believe that they make simple mathematical errors on their own returns. Thursday, Glenn Beck showed evidence that Van Jones was a 9/11 Truther. Political pundits made the rounds on the various cable news networks predicting that Jones would be forced to resign by the end of the weekend. It appears, instead, that the White House would have us believe that Jones is yet another victim of accidental words and actions. In his statement "explaining" the signature (number 46) on the 9/11 Truther petition, Van Jones says:
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.
An update, posted by Ben Jones on POLITICO.COM, gives this further explanation from the White House:
UPDATE: A White House official, seeking to explain Jones's signature on the 9/11 statement, says Jones "didn't carefully review" the document before signing it.
So let's clarify. Geithner, who failed to pay $48,000 in taxes, "made an honest mistake." Sonia Sotomayor "would have restated" her "wise Latina" comment in 2001 and her comments which indicate that the Court of Appeals is where laws are made. Barack Obama "misspoke" when he told the American public that AARP endorsed his health care reform bill. Likewise, Obama "misspoke" purposefully when he said, on a live teleconference with Organizing for America, that it was a myth that abortion would be covered under his Health Reform bill -- FactCheck proved that to be false. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Rev. Jeremiah Wright's racist ideologies came back to haunt then Senator Obama, but that was explained away as well. According to Obama, after attending the church for 20 years, he had never heard Wright's racist and radical views. The same goes for the Bill Ayers associations that were brought to light: Obama was a child when the terrorist acts were committed, so his later associations with Ayers couldn't be seen as support. The White House recently issued a statement that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "misspoke" when she talked of health care reform without the public option.
Is it any wonder that Van Jones has learned by the example that this Administration has provided him? We are all human and we all make mistakes. But the thing about being an adult, especially one in a position of public interest, is that we should be able to own our actions. Now the White House and Van Jones would have us believe that he "missigned" the 9/11 Truther Petition without having "carefully reviewed" it. It is not politically beneficial to have a high-ranking administration advisor who has conspiracy theories about the previous administration, so they would have you believe that it was an accident. It is strange to see how he could have "signed without carefully reviewing" the petition in 2004, when he was an organizer of this truther program in its infancy (January 2002).
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