Yes, Ben Rhodes is an a**hole, but so is his boss

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Ben Rhodes has offered us four lessons

1. the press really is both lazy and stupid
2. the press acts as obama’s useful idiots
3. all of obama’s policies are likely based on deceit
4. Ben Rhodes is an a**hole and a liar

Ben Rhodes is the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications for Barack Obama and seems to have an extraordinary amount of influence in the current administration. Rhodes was the architect of the phony scheme to blame a video for the Benghazi attacks. He is also the guy who last April promised the Iran deal would contain “anywhere, anytime” inspections and then in July said “We never sought in this negotiation the capacity for so-called anytime, anywhere” inspections.

Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates gave us a look into obama’s maniacal ego when he quoted obama as saying to his staff “I can do every one of your jobs better than you can.” He’s got competition from Ben Rhodes, who also thinks he’s obama’s brain:

“I don’t know anymore where I begin and Obama ends.”

Impressive stuff for an aspiring novelist without any real world experience.

“His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling.”

He shares much with his boss:

“He truly gives zero [expletive] about what most people in Washington think.”

As you read about Rhodes you realize that all people around obama in official positions are figureheads and puppets. They have no real power or influence. Rhodes was hired to “help the president of the United States communicate with the public” but that has evolved into “help the President deceive the public by manipulating the idiot press.” Megalomaniacs have a difficult time refraining from talking about themselves and Rhodes finally had to spurt out the truth. Rhodes made clear his contempt for the press, depicting them as dummies:

Watching Rhodes work, I remember that he is still, chiefly, a writer, who is using a new set of tools — along with the traditional arts of narrative and spin — to create stories of great consequence on the biggest page imaginable. The narratives he frames, the voices of senior officials, the columnists and reporters whose work he skillfully shapes and ventriloquizes, and even the president’s own speeches and talking points, are the only dots of color in a much larger vision about who Americans are and where we are going that Rhodes and the president have been formulating together over the past seven years.

Yes, the press is populated by idiots who swallow whatever obama sticks in their mouths. Rhodes bragged how he and obama were able to push the Iran deal through based on lies:

In the spring of last year, legions of arms-control experts began popping up at think tanks and on social media, and then became key sources for hundreds of often-clueless reporters. “We created an echo chamber,” he admitted, when I asked him to explain the onslaught of freshly minted experts cheerleading for the deal. “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”

Rhodes refers to the those in the press and those with experience as “The Blob”:

The Blob includes “editors and reporters at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker,” etc. It also encompasses, according to Rhodes, Obama’s former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and the administration’s first defense secretary Robert Gates. Presumably Leon Panetta, former Pentagon chief and CIA director, who goes on the record to criticize Rhodes and the president, is also part of the Blob, alongside “other Iraq-war promoters from both parties who now whine incessantly about the collapse of the American security order in Europe and the Middle East.” In other words, the emotion driving the administration’s foreign policy is contempt—contempt for allies, colleagues, and the generations of American policymakers who built the post-WWII international order, ensuring relative global stability, and peace and prosperity at home.

The obama White House was already thick with the press:

If you want to understand why the mainstream media is so in love with the Obama administration, this can in part be explained by the fact that a number of big shots who control levers of media power actually do love high-placed officials within the Obama administration. By blood and through marriage, there is more than just a shared belief in left-wing politics that ensured the American media became a mouthpiece for the Obama administration. David Rhodes, the current president of CBS News, is the brother of Ben Rhodes, a White House national security advisor. If Ben’s name sounds familiar, that is likely due to his reported role in the editing of the now infamous Benghazi talking points.

Claire Shipman, a senior national correspondent at ABC News, is married to no other than Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary.

If those ties between the Obama White House and ABC News aren’t disturbing enough, the president of ABC News, Ben Sherwood, is brother to Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, a special advisor to Barack Obama.

Virginia Moseley is a CNN Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief married to Tom Nides, a Deputy Secretary of State under Barack Obama.

It is not difficult to see how easily the media can be manipulated. The term “useful idiots” comes to mind.

It is not surprising to some of us that obama was lying about the Iran deal. It is not the first time obama has lied about policies he wants to shove down our throats. Remember “You can keep your doctor”?  Remember “You’ll save $2500 per year”? All lies.The more naive among us might want to believe that obama didn’t know the truth. I think he did. I think without a doubt that he lied intentionally to further the agenda he intended to foist upon this country and I am convinced that he lies about all of his intentions.

Jim Geraghty once said that all of obama’s statements come with an expiration date. It’s worse than that. They were never true to begin with.

Dr. John’s Law: Whatever Obama says is a lie. The opposite is the truth. 

Ben Rhodes has confirmed it. Over at Foreign Policy Thomas Ricks wrote the most best description of Ben Rhodes I have yet seen, calling Rhodes “The Asshole Who Is The President’s Foreign Policy Guru.”

Rhodes comes off like a real asshole. This is not a matter of politics — I have voted for Obama twice. Nor do I mind Rhodes’s contempt for many political reporters: “Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

But, as that quote indicates, he comes off like an overweening little schmuck. This quotation seems to capture his worldview: “He referred to the American foreign policy establishment as the Blob. According to Rhodes, the Blob includes Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, and other Iraq-war promoters from both parties who now whine incessantly about the collapse of the American security order in Europe and the Middle East.” Blowing off Robert Gates takes nerve.

Ricks is a former Washington Post reporter who voted twice for obama. Perhaps intentionally, Ricks opens the door but refuses to go through it. He nails Rhodes but he leaves Rhodes’ “mind-meld” partner – obama- alone. Rhodes’ lies and deceit do not originate in a vacuum. The men are said to communicate several times a day. Rhodes’ actions and words are not independent from obama’s. As Rhodes said, it’s hard to know where one ends and the other begins. Ricks seems unable or unwilling to come to grips with that. Ben Rhodes is an a**hole and a liar, but so is his boss.



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21 Responses to “Yes, Ben Rhodes is an a**hole, but so is his boss”

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    So, Ben Rhodes has offered us four lessons

    1. the press really is both lazy and stupid
    2. the press acts as obama’s useful idiots
    3. all of obama’s policies are likely based on deceit
    4. Ben Rhodes is an a**hole and a liar

    I was not fooled and neither were many of the military, people who think and conservatives. The press is lazy and they write Obama’s lies because their lefty audience expects them to. The left does ot care if the truth is printed. They only want news to fit their ideology and world view. Look at how easy the left in England accepted Chamberlain’s “Peace in our time!”

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    Robt Condosta

    How much more destruction is required before congress grows a set of balls. Or that the public realize that our congressmen must be completely flushed out of office. NO INCUMBENTS. NO RETIREMENT. NO MEDICAL PLAN. NO BENEFITS OTHER THAN SALARY. NO LIFE LONG CAREERS.
    Furthermore when they are caught wrongdoing their punishment is doubled that of the ordinary citizen.

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    The media is not being “manipulated”; that would imply a desire to do their job honestly, but being led astray. No, the corrupt media is fully complicit in the punishment of America.

    If it were a Republican, would the media have let the “if you like your doctor” lie go unnoticed? Would they have ignored the failure of a signature policy like Obamacare? Would they have ignored how an ill-advised foreign policy move created the greatest threat to world peace since the Soviets got nuclear weapons?

    The corrupt media wanted Obama and they want his agenda of weakening the Unites States. They also want another liberal to follow Obama to continue his agenda and Hillary has proven herself more than capable of inflicting more damage.

    The media is not being manipulated… they are partners in crime.

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    When you have a president that doesn’t have a clue, he can hire anyone and think they are genius when they have no more clue than he does. The blind leading the blind.

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    James Raider


    DrJ., and this is why Trump, with all his flaws and ‘Tourette syndrome’ disorder will be the next occupier of the Oval Office.

    He’s not only ‘not owned’ by bankers like the current liar-in-chief, He has a long record of hiring the best people he can find for the job.

    The current hypocrite in the WH has hired nothing but socialists with 0 experience. We now suffer the results.

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    James Raider


    @Bill: #3

    The media is not being manipulated… they are partners in crime.

    Bill, agreed. A Crime has been perpetrated on America by a ‘glad-hander’.

    I have never watched a single speech of his when he didn’t lie.

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    Excellent article.

    I remember a conversation eight years ago, with an independent who lives in a family of liberals, we were discussing Obama’s chances. He said, “You can’t beat a guy who controls the press.” He was correct; however, Obama had charisma. Hillary has no charisma and Bernie has limited Charisma. Trump has charisma and the advantage of not being a direct component of the criminal enterprise that is posing as our government. The big question is whether he can overcome the propaganda power of the Liberal media and win?

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    Richard Wheeler

    @James Raider: says Trump has Tourette Syndrome”–concur–he’s also a classic N.Y. bully the kind of kid I grew up with. Skipped service–yeah I know he had a bad foot–flat feet was a favorite ‘out” in those days–called V.N. POW’S losers.
    II don’t think much of HRC either.

  9. 9

    Common Sense

    @Richard Wheeler: Well said Rich, I don’t really think much of either myself. I have always felt that if you where going to be Commander and Chief of the Armed Services you should have military experience to apply for that position.

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    Richard Wheeler

    @Common Sense: I think Trump wants badly to be Prez. for his own ego–been chasing the dream since 88 when he tried to be Bush Sr’s V.P.–He chose Quayle–ran for Potus on Reform ticket in 2000-has been registered Dem.

    He is far from being Conservative and knows that to be labeled as such would hurt him in G.E.HE NEEDED TO GO THAT ROUTE SIMPLY TO GET REPUB NOM.
    Realized he couldn’t win 3rd. Party–no one ever has

    Now we’ll see the Presidential DT—A Populist—he’ll court Indies and Dems to get the win—Conservatives be damned–a minority he will not seriously court. He will take the route where he sees the most votes—watch him.

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    Richard Wheeler

    Art Of The Deal—Opposite of Cruz—-he started today with Ryan and Congress.
    No MusliM ban—support Planned Parenthood–raise minimum wage-

    WHAT WALL??-

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    Common Sense

    @Richard Wheeler: I agree that Trump wants to be President badly and yes he is targeting those who will be persuaded to vote for him. Will Hillary want the same?? Will she be trying to get the conservative vote or will she be going for another demographic more likely to vote for her? To exclude Hillary from the same assessment is a bit lopsided from my view. Remember Hillary already ran for the Democratic Nomination and was defeated so her intentions have been well known. As mentioned I really don’t care for either but if it comes down to a choice I will vote Trump.

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    Richard Wheeler

    @Common Sense: Hillary won’t go for Conservative vote—she’s a clear cut lib Dem go for women and minorities primarily–basically the same voters that elected BHO TWICE–she does not have Obama’s charismatic appeal—ELECTION WILL BE CLOSE—Trump will look more like a Dem. than a Conservative
    I won’t vote for either

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    Common Sense

    @Richard Wheeler: And you can keep your health insurance and/or doctor period, ISIS is a JV team, ISIS is contained, Al Qaeda is on their heels, Iraq is stable, Benghazi was caused by a video, and the best of all a vast right wing conspiracy.

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    Common Sense

    @Richard Wheeler: It will be close and likely swing states and independent voters will make the call. California is in the bank for Hillary and no amount of money or campaigning will change that. Not liking it but reality is clear.

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    Richard Wheeler

    @Common Sense: I get it you don’t like HRC–neither do I—Trump acts like a juvenile bad mouthing nearly everyone–doesn’t have the temperament to be Prez—bad mouthed POWS–SLEAZY

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    @Richard Wheeler:

    she does not have Obama’s charismatic appeal

    that’s a real kneel slapper. Obama has about as much charisma as a rutabaga.


    So you have decided to come back to reality. My prediction, it won’t be close.

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    @James Raider:

    I have never watched a single speech of his when he didn’t lie.

    And they are intentional because they are written on his teleprompter, which he has a very difficult time trying to read.

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    In all elections if no one is polling near 50% than the undecideds break for the challenger of the party who holds the office
    Since both are around 40% and undecideds are about 20%
    Unless sumthin breaks not looking good for dems since economy isn’t lookin particularly robust

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    Common Sense

    @Richard Wheeler: We are in agreement that neither is the best that America can do. I would be in disagreement that it would be the lesser of two evils to vote for Trump to prevent Hilldabeast from being President. To bad mouth POWs is clearly wrong and I have no disagreement with that. To leave Americans to die in Benghazi and to lie about it over their dead bodies is even worse!! I will elect the lesser of two evils and vote to keep hilldabeast away from the Whitehouse!!

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