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Ben Rhodes is named a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC
Leading international advisor and close confidante of President Barack Obama and author of the new book The World As It Is BEN RHODES has been named a NBC News and MSNBC Political Contributor. Rhode's first appearances in his new role were on Meet the Press and All In with Chris Hayes, in which Rhodes shed light on the pivotal moments of the Obama presidency revealed in his book and his analysis on the current political climate. Rhodes much-anticipated book The World As It Is is already making headlines in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, CNBC, People, and more, thanks for its revealing behind-the-scenes look at Obama's presidency and Rhodes remarkable career from working on Obama's campaign at 29 years-old to walking out of the door of the White House on the President's last day. As The New Yorker wrote in its exceptional review: "More than any other White House memoirist, Rhodes is a creature of the man he served... This is the closest view of Obama we’re likely to get until he publishes his own memoir." A key player of the administration who was privy to nearly every decision and action, Rhodes explores crucial moments from waiting out the Bin Laden raid to secret (and never before detailed) negotiations with the Cuban government with fascinating and candid detail. Hailed by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers as "a page-turning, unfiltered, altogether human look at Barack Obama’s presidency... Insightful, funny, and moving, this is a beautifully observed, essential record of what it was like to be there," The World As It Is speaks volumes about politics and foreign affairs today. Rhodes brings the same insightful, engaging and substantive commentary to each of his engagements, diving into everything from messaging and narrative in a fractured media to the direction of American politics. His recent rave reviews include: "Ben was wonderful and generous with the students. Everybody appreciated his acute and thoughtful answers to the many questions asked... The students who attended the Q & A were enthusiastic and the public clearly enjoyed his open presentation." (Indiana University)
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An NBC News and MSNBC Political Contributor and widely sought-out for his wide range of first-hand experience and shrewd expertise on today's top foreign affairs and security issues, Ben Rhodes shares his insights through various media appearances. Stay on top of his latest views here.
Ben Rhodes’ memoir provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Obama administration
From starting off as a 29 year-old working on Barack Obama’s campaign, to walking out the door of the White House on the president’s last day, BEN RHODES is one of the longest-serving members of the Obama administration. His new memoir, The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House, takes readers behind-the-scenes of his remarkable career, providing a revelatory, and unique, account of Obama’s presidency. Working his way up from a speechwriter, to a deputy national security advisor, and finally a multipurpose aide and close collaborator, Rhodes was a key player of the administration, privy to nearly every decision and action. Starting every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, Rhodes traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Out on June 12th, Rhodes’ memoir is a rare look into the most pivotal moments of Obama’s career—from waiting out the Bin Laden raid to secret (and never before detailed) negotiations with the Cuban government. Ultimately The World as It Is is a poignant, intimate portrayal of Obama’s idealism, worldview, and presidency. Early praise for The World as It Is speaks for itself: “Ben Rhodes is one of the most brilliant minds and powerful storytellers I’ve ever known. In The World as It Is, he doesn’t just bring you inside the room for the key moments of Obama’s presidency, he captivates you with the journey of an idealistic young staffer who becomes the president’s close friend and advisor—a journey that both cynics and believers will find riveting and hopeful” (Host of Pod Save America, Jon Favreau); “The World as It Is is a page-turning, unfiltered, altogether human look at Barack Obama’s presidency. Ben Rhodes—one of Obama’s closest and most important advisors—opens up the defining issues of the presidency... Insightful, funny, and moving, this is a beautifully observed, essential record of what it was like to be there” (Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power).Read more about Ben Rhodes new memoir >>
Ben Rhodes is currently a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama, Political Contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, and independent speaker and writer. From 2009 to 2017, he served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. In that capacity, he participated in nearly all of President Obama’s key decisions, and oversaw the President’s national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy and global engagement programming. He also led the secret negotiations with the Cuban government which resulted in the historic effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, and played a key role in advancing the Administration’s engagement with Burma, Laos and Vietnam. From 2007-2008, he was a Senior Speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. Before joining then-Senator Obama’s campaign, he worked for former Congressman Lee Hamilton from 2002-2007, supporting his work on the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group. A native New Yorker, Mr. Rhodes has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A from New York University.