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Van Jones: Roger Ailes calling Obama ‘lazy’ is racist

- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fox News chief Roger Ailes has stirred up some controversy in his new biography that includes critiques against Newt Gingrich, Joe Biden and President Barack Obama.

The biography, by Zev Chafets, quotes Mr. Ailes as saying that President Obama "never worked a day in his life" and "never earned a penny that wasn't public money." The Fox News chief also derided the president for being "lazy" and playing too much golf and basketball.

Appearing on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" Wednesday, Van Jones — the former special advisor for Green Jobs under the Obama administration — called Mr. Ailes' comments "disgusting."

"This is the kind of stuff that is really disgusting at the end of the day," he said. "First of all, Barack Obama's hair is white. He looks like the black Santa Claus shaved his beard off. You don't go looking from Tiger Woods to looking like Morgan Freeman in three years if you're not working hard. There's a racial charge I think that some people find offensive."

Mr. Jones went on to imply a racial double-standard because "Nobody calls [House Speaker John] Boehner lazy," because he said he plays golf four times more than the president.

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