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Obama: “My being president appears to have literally driven some white people insane”

Ben Rhodes, the former president's foreign policy adviser, reveals Obama's private anger

Ben Rhodes and Barack Obama on Air Force One in 2012 © PA

Ben Rhodes and Barack Obama on Air Force One in 2012 © PA

There is a biographical detail about Ben Rhodes, the former foreign affairs adviser to Barack Obama, that his critics often mention: he has an MFA in fiction writing. This fact allows those critics—who range from Fox News types to Washington’s foreign policy establishment—to dismiss Rhodes, and by extension Obama, as a mere storyteller, someone more interested in spinning a yarn than dealing with the harsh…

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