This is a book about two people making the most important decisions in the world. One is Barack Obama. The other is Ben Rhodes.The World As It Is tells the full story of what it means to work alongside a radical leader; of how idealism can confront reality and survive; of how the White House really functions; and of what it is to have a partnership, and ultimately a friendship, with a historic president.A young writer and Washington outsider, Ben Rhodes was plucked from obscurity aged 29. Chosen for his original perspective and gift with language, his role was to help shape the nations hopes and sense of itself. For nearly ten years, Rhodes was at the centre of the Obama Administration first as a speechwriter, then a policymaker, and finally a multi-purpose aide and close collaborator.Rhodes puts us in the room at the most tense and poignant moments in recent history: starting every morning with Obama in the Daily Briefing; waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room; reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran; leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government; confronting the resurgence of nationalism that led to the election of Donald Trump.This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obamas presidency. It is an essential record of the last decade. But it also shows us what it means to hold the pen, and to write the words that change our world....
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The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House Reviews
As I was finishing Ben Rhodes memoir of his years with President Obama's first campaign and eight years in the White House, tears came to my eyes for what we have lost. Rhodes was hired by the campaign for his foreign policy experience since he had worked for former Democratic Representative Lee Hamilton at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a DC think tank. He takes us through the arc of his service from the very first time he helped with debate prep during the campaign to th ...more
Rhodes was primarily a communications professional in the Obama White House, so it's not surprising at all that he's a great writer. He made some really complicated foreign policy situations very accessible and as a career bureaucrat myself, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the White House runs kind of like any other agency that I've ever worked for, only on a much larger scale, must faster, with much higher stakes.
Two things that really stood out for me reading Rhodes' memoir. The first ...more
Captivating and fascinating memoir of the Obama White House from speech writer, foreign policy expert and right wing target. A wonderful behind the scenes look at how complicated and important the work of the Obama tenure was.
For the political junkies out there.
Where’s the Beef?
Ben Rhodes, by all accounts, including his own, is a good guy. A true patriot who had the opportunity to spend eight years on Obama’s staff as both a speechwriter and a foreign policy advisor and operative. So I began this memoir with high expectations that I would obtain some new insights into Obama, including why he failed to trumpet his successes until it was too late for the American people to have time to process. But my hopes were dashed. The book is boring. Rhodes is so b ...more
I'll admit this was something I sort of slogged through at times. In part, I was distracted by two of my passions, FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon, as well as a disturbing week of DJT's European and Russian visits. In addition, although the book is quite well-written, not a great deal of it is new ground. That's okay. Since people seldom write letters or keep journals these days, contemporary accounts by individuals are not only interesting but may be valuable resources to future historians and off ...more
I stared tearing up multiple times because our country lacks the leadership exemplified in this book. Short of him Obama himself, Ben Rhodes is probably the only person who could write such an honest, stunning account of the Obama presidency. Such a great read.
Ok, readable inside account of the Obama White House. Not particularly insightful. A little dull. I used the audio version.
I read this book because Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama's communications director who focused on foreign policy, is a Friend of The Pod. It is a must read for all Pod Save America listeners.
But I wasn't sure I'd be enthralled since foreign policy isn't something I'm as focused on or know much about. That was an unfound fear. The writing is clear, the locations and policies are well explained (without belaboring any points), and Ben's interaction with both Obama and other staffers made this very intere ...more