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mucifer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:49 PM
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Van Jones Breaks Silence On Resignation: 'Nothing But Love For Obama'


On September 15th, Van Jones addressed his friends and supporters about his recent resignation with the following e-mail message.

Dear Friends:

My family and I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support that we have received over the past week or so. I resigned from the White House on Sept. 6, and I have remained silent since then--in keeping with my promise not to be a distraction during a key moment in the Obama Presidency.

Over the past several days, however, many people have been asking how they can help and what they can do.

The main thing is this: please do everything you can to support both President Obama and the green jobs movement. Winning real change is ultimately the best response to these kinds of smear campaigns.

I ask everyone to:

1. Support President Obama's efforts to fix our nation's health care, energy and education systems. His victory last fall did not represent the "finish line" in the fight to renew America; his election was just the "starting line." This autumn, it is time to make history again--with victories on health care and clean energy.

2. Sign up to support groups that are working for green jobs.

As others seek to vilify or marginalize the movement for a clean energy economy, the leading groups deserve increased support. This is the year to ensure that the clean energy transformation creates good job opportunities for everyone in America.

3. Spread the green jobs gospel. The ideas and ideals of the green jobs movement are grounded in fundamental American values--innovation, entrepreneurship, and equal opportunity. My true thoughts can be found in my book: The Green Collar Economy. Check it out from the library--or order a copy and share it with a friend. See for yourself why clean energy and green jobs are good for our country.

4. Stay connected and speak up for me via your favorite blogs (e.g., Huffington Post, Grist, Jack & Jill, etc.), on message boards and all of your favorite social networking platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Supporters have set up a couple of them, to help you stay engaged, including: I Stand With Van Jones and I Love Van Jones.

In due course, I will be offering my perspective on what has happened--including correcting the record about false charges. In the meantime, I must get my family affairs in order and sort through numerous offers and options.

I want to be clear that I have nothing but love and admiration for President Obama and the entire administration. White House staffers are there to serve and support the President, not the other way around. At this critical moment in history, I could not in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. The White House needs all its hands on deck, fighting for the future.

Of course, some supporters actually think I will be more effective on the "outside." Maybe so. But those ideas always remind me of that old canard about Winston Churchill. After he lost a hard-fought election, a friend told him: "Winston, this really is just a blessing in disguise." Churchill quipped: "Damned good disguise." I can certainly relate to that sentiment right now. :)

Nonetheless, we must keep moving forward. Let's continue our work to make an America as good as its promise. These are historic times. And we have a lot more history to make.

Sincerely,

Van Jones




http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/16/van-jones-brea...
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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:54 PM
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1. what a lovely man
indeed, inspiration.

thanks for this
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:55 PM
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2. I think Van is completely hot
:)
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:57 PM
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5. Seriously! Can we not FOCUS our attention on the serious matters of politics!!!
....... and not get hung up on our wanton sexual desires!!!!!!!! :sarcasm:

(I agree!!!!! Not Joe Biden hot, but hot none the less! lol)
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PatSeg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:27 PM
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12. You just had to get the "Joe Biden hot"
reference in there, didn't you???

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:57 PM
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6. He
is, indeed~
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:56 PM
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3. "White House staffers are there to serve and support the President, not the other way around."
Exactly.

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:56 PM
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4. I love this guy..Thank
You Van Jones..you do amazing work and that will not stop! :patriot:

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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:09 PM
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7. Class Act .. should still be in the job. nt knr
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:59 PM
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8. People said he was an impressive guy. He sure sounds like it.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:20 AM
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9. this is supposedly the petition he signed:
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 10:24 AM by Blue_Tires
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I still fail to fully understand the uproar, especially on this site...Plenty of folks here would have signed it at the time, including myself...hell, i used to work with a bunch of conservatives/self-styled libertarians back in 04 who didn't believe the official story, either...
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HopeOverFear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:40 AM
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10. Sigh. :(
In my fantasy, Obama brings Van Jones back in his second term.
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GivePeaceAchance Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 03:10 PM
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11. Sounds like he's doing OK. Definitely a good way to support him by buying his book...
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 03:17 PM by GivePeaceAchance
It was his decision to leave though, his friend on 'Democracy now' said he debated the idea for a week before going. The reason he's still facing adversity is because he's been vilified, and that must be hard on all his family. So when he says relaitons are good with Obama I beleive he is being honest, he just didn't want himself to become the topic over the issues. Glad to se him motivating activism for green issues.
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