I’m not sure how Prince could go from not even casting a vote in the presidential election, saying “I got no dog in that race,” to wanting to work for President Obama months later, but if the White House’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Van Jones, is to be believed, that’s exactly what happened. Check out this excerpt from Jet magazine (not yet available online):
Van Jones, Obama’s special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, told JET that celebrities including Russell Simmons and Prince have contacted him looking for ways to join Obama’s team.
Celebrities vying for jobs at the White House is certainly not news to me (actor Kal Penn left hit show House to be an associate director in the Office of Public Engagement), but look at what Prince told Tavis Smiley in April on his reasons for not voting (via Jezebel’s Tracie Egan):
Well, the reason why is because I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and we’ve never voted. That’s not to say that I don’t think Barack Obama—President Obama—is a very smart individual and he seems like he means well. Prophecy is what we all have to go by now.
Perhaps he simply wants to bring said prophecy to the leader of the free world. And far be it from Prince to leave his Crystal Ball at home.
*Update* I hope it didn’t hurt Prince’s chances at a White House gig, but Van Jones, our source for this story, has resigned. Looks like there’s an opening in the Obama administration, Prince…