Van Jones: Obama Detractors Have ‘Obama Derangement Syndrome’

By Melanie Arter | November 4, 2013 | 12:00 PM EST

Van Jones, left-wing activist and former Obama administration official. (AP Photo)

( – Former green jobs czar Van Jones, during a roundtable discussion over the rollout of Obamacare on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous,” said President Barack Obama’s detractors have “Obama Derangement Syndrome.”

“It's silly season. Literally, they have this sort of Obama Derangement Syndrome where Obama is this absent, weak, ineffectual dictator and tyrant who's destroying America,” Jones said.

The Obamacare website,, has been plagued with technical problems since it was first unveiled on Oct. 1. The president has been criticized for not knowing about the potential problems with the site and quickly fixing them, since the Affordable Care Act is his signature legislation.

“No matter what this president does, they roll out a narrative that says either he's absent, and he's not paying attention or he's a dictator and tyrant trying to steal your rights. These things can't be true at the same time,” Jones said.

Jones resigned from his White House environmental adviser position in 2009 amid controversy over his past statements and activism.

“Part of what's going on - what I'm disturbed about - is I know this president is not a hands-off leader. He is famously engaged. I’ll tell you what – when you work in the White House, you write something, you know one person in that building’s going to read it, and his name is President Obama,” Jones said.

“And so something went wrong here, but the idea that somehow he’s inattentive, he’s not paying attention – all that’s ludicrous,” he said.