Van Jones, President Obama's former "Green Jobs Czar," spoke to Tavis Smiley in one of his first public interviews since his resignation last year.
Jones told Smiley he never signed the "truther" petition that was the catalyst downfall. The activist and author told Smiley about his "tough lesson":
Jones resigned from his position at the White House in September 2008. He told Smiley that it was solely his decision to resign.
He has since joined the think tank Center For American Progress, and has been appointed as a fellow at Princeton University.