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
Really, in what emotional stage is he now?
He said "he" would never win the election, rather "she" would win. It turns out "he" won on the 8th of November 2016. So, he lost, so did "she".
A tremendously enjoyable and insightful read, which is also, too soon, sadly nostalgic for 'The America As It Was', led by a smart, thoughtful, articulate, and empathetic human being in President Obama. Thank you @brhodes for your service to him, and to all of us, and for the great job you did here sharing that experience.
Mostly hero worship and a spin job on the facts. Pretty disappointing.
Necessary read to complete your Obama staffer reading set. Also, I didn’t think I could admire Obama and disdain Bibi Netanyahu more than I already do and this book proved me wrong on both (side note: what on earth are “lateral” meetings, uni, bi, or multi, got zero clue what they mean and everyone keeps using it).
Man this book was frustrating--on a few levels: 1. Because I so badly miss the obama administration's unassailable good faith and their desire to actually not do stupid shit. 2. Because they did do so much stupid shit because they misunderstood the "other side." Either Assad in Syria, the Republicans, Trump, Bibi, etc. Obama was way too chill to fight. 3. The entire focus seemed to be on foreign policy and that's too bad because there was so much to be fixed on the domestic front. 4. How naive t ...more
The world as it is, is a disgusting and cruel place. More-so in contemporary American politics. At the same time, the world as it is, is filled with people like Ben Rhodes and Barack Obama who continue to push the moral arc of the universe towards justice.
Like the zig-zags of human progress, this book made me both incredibly jaded yet filled me with an undying hope for the future of our country. Even when face to face with the fiercest opposition, we can always push beyond the limits of what we ...more
An evocative portrayal of President Obama disguised as the memoir from an eight year inner circle staffer. The Obama of Ben Rhodes's story seems more human, less polished than in other accounts. Though there still is a bit of hero worship baked into his reminiscing, Rhodes shows us the Obama on display between the many drafts of speeches and statements. From telling the press pool aboard the back of Air Force One that he wants the Obama doctrine to be "Don't do stupid sh*t." to waking up a bit g ...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