This morning on This Week Gibbs gave me the first official response:
GEORGE: Does the president believe that he is the victim of a smear campaign or does the president think that Jones actions and words merit resignation?
GIBBS: “Well what Van Jones decided was that the agenda of this president was bigger than any one individual. The president thanks Van Jones for his service in the first eight months helping to coordinate renewable energy jobs and lay the foundation for our future economic problem…The president accepted his resignation, but Van Jones as he said in his statement he was going to get in the way of the President.”
GEORGE: So the president doesn't endorse in any way the things that Van Jones said before but the president doesn’t want him to go?
GIBBS: He doesn't but he thanks him for his service."
- George Stephanopoulos