Yes; Van Jones said that last night. He spoke at the University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Ballroom to near a 1,000 people.
The quote above was part of his explanation – about how President Obama was different from Candidate Obama.
I’d expected to hear something entirely different last night – I expected to hear a “secret communiqué” to the radical left explaining how Obama was now going to have to portray himself as “changed by the office” as he made a mad-dash for the center … that to get re-elected, he’d seem to have become a Centrist. I’d expected that “confidential, secret message” …..
Trying to convince my conservative friends to go with me, I’d even told them, that was what I expected to hear. I didn’t …. subtly maybe, but it wasn’t the focus I’d expected.
I went with a complex set of expectations: 1) expecting that “confidential message”, 2) curious why he was loved so, and 3) I pride myself as always willing to keep an open mind and that required my presence there.
That message though, was NOT what I heard! His speech was also a bit less of a campaign speech than I’d expected, but I was actually a bit surprised; his message was substantive and (obviously) well received by our youth which is being force-fed the Global Warming message, his book presents.
Of course Van Jones is one of those “compelling orators” that leftists love – it’s his message that the LEFT, loves. And make no mistake — “Progressives” do have a deep-seated need to be equally accepting of a black man.
Using an almost “Step N’ Fetch It” routine a couple times, he lowered himself to oft reminding his audience that he’s black. Few in the audience, last night, were old enough to remember the routine, but Van Jones used it to get laughter from them …..
As stated, his message was more about his book than I’d expected – he depicted America as the contemptuous “Ultimate Dark-Side Consumer”, using their purchasing power to shuttle the poisons they buy — through their home, into their gullet — out the back door and into the garbage as fast as possible.
Referring to oil, and coal, he used the quote “Why do you think they call it FOSSIL fuel? It’s been dead, for billions of years. Technically, one has to say, coal and oil, are renewable resources; it just takes a very, very long time.” With that, of course, he got a lot of laughs from the University audience, of mostly 18 – 25 year olds – he is, as I said, a compelling speaker, but neither is he Barack …..
It’s too bad America is so polarized! We’ve all seemingly quit listening to the other side …. parts of his message was honest and logical; parts were also unashamedly and definitely divisive and derisive of the other side and in my question to him, I told him so. It was not something the crowd wanted from the microphone in this politically correct hall – a challenge rang out, “get to the question.” It’d not been long; some know me there ….
More, in my subsequent article to come …… later today, as I refer to my notes …..