In 2009 President Obama appointed Van Jones as the Green Jobs Czar, (Jones' official title was "Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council of Environmental Quality"). Sounds pretty important, doesn't it? And even though Jones eventually resigned, you would think the vice president of the United States would know who he is, right? Wrong. According to new audio, Joe Biden is claiming he does not know who Van Jones is.
Seriously, the vice president made this strange claim on a Florida radio station this morning.
During an interview with Jack Harris of 970 WFLA, Biden was asked about the "Occupy Wall Street" movement and responded:
"I really don't know about the Van Jones group, except what I read in the press."
The gracious hosts avoided mentioning the history of Mr. Jones and the White House, until Biden brought him up again and said"whoever he is." The hosts then pointed out that he used to be "in the administration," to which Biden responded, "oh is that-- alright."
Listen to the interview here.
For the record, according to the White House web site, Vice President Biden and Van Jones have not only worked in the same administration, in the same building, but hey traveled the country together. In May of 2009, they were in Denver.
Hey, taskforce fans. We’re just back from Denver where we hosted our fourth meeting. It was on the green economy and the opportunities therein for middle-class folks. VP Biden was joined by all kinds of interesting partners from our world, including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis; Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan; Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Poneman; United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk; and Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Van Jones.
The Daily Kos also reported that Joe Biden, Van Jones, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis all spoke in Denver while announcing an additional $4 billion in stimulus funding for public housing.