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September 23rd, 2013
12:47 PM ET

Van Jones: A father first

With the return of "Crossfire" to CNN, we are taking a closer look into the hosts' lives with a series of Web videos.

In this video, Van Jones, a former special adviser to President Obama for green jobs, shares what comes first in his busy life: his children.

“Like probably most dads, my main thing, 80% of my brain is taken up thinking about my kids,” Jones says. “We can argue back and forth about politics but at the end of the day I’m worrying about my boys and how they’re doing and how they’re getting along in the world.”

Jones’ kids, ages 5 and 9, are on both sides of the talent spectrum. “I’ve got an older boy that’s an incredible athlete; the kid can play any sport imaginable,” Jones continues, “and I’ve got another son who is very introverted, he seems to be more like an artist like me.”

Jones, who commutes from Los Angeles to host Crossfire in Washington, says he prefers seeing his kids rather than the D.C. politics scene. “I think a lot of people are either real political animals. They’re here in Washington, D.C. they’re going to every event they can, they’re networking… when I’m here I’m reading books. I’m Skyping with my kids.”

Jones’ time is split; yet, he persists for his perspective to be heard. “I want to be heard on some of these topical issues but my roots are back in the grassroots heartland of America, not in Washington, D.C.”

“Crossfire" airs on CNN weekdays at 6:30pm ET.

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  1. helen

    Van Jones is not a communist. The person blogging must be an extremist. Thank you again Van Jones for sticking up the right with Newt Gringwich claiming the Secretary of State must resign due his statement on globing warming. Ninety percent of scientiest also agree with John Kerry about globing warming and Newt Gringrich can pretend or change his story as always never admitting the real truth. Please as a parent, I hope that Van Jones continues the truth. I also hope that you Brooke Baldwin also listen to the truth as a parent leaving this planet to our children.

    February 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • John Boyer

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      July 17, 2009 Van Jones (photo credit:


      Van Jones is President Barack Obama's newly appointed "Green Jobs Czar."

      Jones' official title is Special Advisor on Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

      The 41-year-old Yale Law School graduate and civil rights lawyer is also the founder of California's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, "a non-profit agency for justice, opportunities and peace."

      Sounds idyllic, but Jones' past isn't so pastoral.

      The Ella Baker Center was connected to STORM (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement), a "multi-racial activist collective with Marxist influences" with which Jones was involved.

      In 1992, Van Jones founded another STORM project, Bay Area PoliceWatch, a "hotline and lawyer-referral service for victims and survivors of police abuse." This is fitting, perhaps, since Jones was himself arrested and detained briefly during a protest after the Rodney King verdict that same year.

      Jones told the East Bay Express in 2005:

      I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th [1992], and then the verdicts came down on April 29th. By August, I was a communist. (...)

      I met all these young radical people of color – I mean really radical: communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.' I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary.

      Like a character out of The Big Chill, Van Jones seems to have evolved from radical activist to Establishment insider . Perhaps only a left-wing administration incapable of recognizing irony would put a self-described communist in charge of creating jobs.

      Luckily for Van Jones, and Obama's many other "Czars" with dubious credentials and troubling backgrounds, his new job was not dependent upon making it through Congressional hearings.

      February 19, 2014 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  2. john boyer

    I would like to know whether Mr. Jones continues to espouse his communist views as he did in the 1990's ?? Why would CNN even consider having him on their network.

    I will not watch Crossfire as long as you continue to have him on the show.

    Please consider removing him as once again CNN has lost credence.

    John Boyer

    September 25, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
  3. Anthony Heyward

    I think he is stunning. Period

    September 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply

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