What the Heck Does Van Jones Mean By the ‘Black Santa Claus…Shaved His Beard Off’?

Former White House green jobs czar Van Jones had an interesting descriptor for President Barack Obama: “the black Santa Claus” who “shaved his beard off.”

Jones was responding to an excerpt in Vanity Fair from a forthcoming biography about Fox News chief Roger Ailes in which Ailes said Obama had “never worked a day in his life” after the charge was used against Ann Romney during the presidential campaign last year.

“First of all, Barack Obama’s hair is white. He looks like the black Santa Claus, you know, shaved his beard off,” Jones said Wednesday on CNN, before adding: “You don’t go from looking like Tiger Woods to looking like Morgan Freeman in three years if you’re not working hard.”

The Washington Free Beacon flagged the clip:

The full Ailes quote from the Vanity Fair excerpt:

“‘Obama’s the one who never worked a day in his life. He never earned a penny that wasn’t public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. He’s lazy, but the media won’t report that.’ He noticed my arched eyebrows and added, ‘I didn’t come up with that. Obama said that, to Barbara Walters.’ (What Obama said was that he feels a laziness in himself that he attributes to his laid-back upbringing in Hawaii.)”



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