Obama White House Misled American Public On Van Jones …Update: White House Responds

Last November after the national election Team Obama announced to the American public that they would initiate the most extensive and invasive application process ever. Their vetting process would “go beyond what might have been expected.”

The Obama White House was committed to “change.”
The New York Times reported:

A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive — some say invasive — application ever.

The questionnaire includes 63 requests for personal and professional records, some covering applicants’ spouses and grown children as well, that are forcing job-seekers to rummage from basements to attics, in shoe boxes, diaries and computer archives to document both their achievements and missteps…

Mr. Obama has elevated the vetting even beyond what might have been expected, especially when it comes to applicants’ family members, in a reflection of his campaign rhetoric against lobbying and the back-scratching, self-serving ways of Washington.

President-elect Obama made a commitment to change the way Washington does business, and the vetting process exemplifies that,” said Stephanie Cutter, chief spokeswoman for the Obama transition office.

Here are a couple examples from the questionaire (pdf).
Imagine Truther-communist cop-killer supporter Van Jones’ response to question number 8:


8.) Briefly describe the most controversial matters you have been involved with over the course of your career.”

Or, how about question number 12?
Again, imagine communist-Truther Van Jones’ response to this question:

12.) Speeches: Please identify all speeches you have given. If available please provide the text or recordings of each such speech.

Here’s another one:

46.) Have any members of your family or close social or business associates ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation?

(Van Jones was arrested in San Francisco in 1992 for participating in a demonstration following the acquittal of four LA police officers accused of beating Rodney King.)

If the Obama Administration had actually used this template to screen Van Jones his controversial speeches, his past arrest, and his musical collaborations with cop-killers should have raised a red flag or two with the administration.

Either Team Obama ignored Van Jones’ past– accepted and agreed with his past– or completely misrepresented their vetting process to the American public.

Just how exactly did such a radical hater like Van Jones make it through such an extensive and invasive screening process?
The administration has some explaining to do.

UPDATE: The White House spoke about this today.
“Van Jones Did Not Fill Out 63-Question, Seven-Page Questionnaire”
Liz Stephans from The B-Cast posted the video at Breitbart TV:

Major Garret reported: Either the vetting process broke down or the the White House Green Czar Van Jones, who was in charge of billions of taxpayer dollars, was not at a high enough position to fill out the questionaire.

Considering that Van Jones sounds so much like Obama’s former pastor, his background probably didn’t worry the White House too much.

More… A former Bush lawyer isn’t buying it.

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