Ben Rhodes is the Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, overseeing President Obama’s national security communications, speechwriting, and global engagement. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of White House Speechwriting, and as a Senior Speechwriter for the Obama campaign. Prior to joining Obama for America, he worked for several years as Special Assistant to Lee Hamilton at the Wilson Center, where he helped draft the Iraq Study Group Report and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. He is the co-author, with Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean, of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. A native of New York City, Ben has a B.A. from Rice University, and an M.F.A. from New York University.
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Ben Rhodes's Posts
- August 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM EDT
The President takes no decision more seriously than the use of military force. So it’s worth taking a few minutes to make sure you understand exactly what is happening in Iraq right now, who is involved, and why we are taking action.
- June 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM EDT
The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a cornerstone of YALI, and it began with the arrival here in the United States of 500 of Africa’s top business, government, and civil society leaders.
- May 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM EDT
President Obama joins Under Secretary of State Richard Stengel, Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan, foreign government officials, business leaders, and academics to discuss how we can work together to advance "100,000 Strong in the Americas," an initiative focused on expanding educational opportunity and exchange to build connections between the people of the Americas, and to make our region more competitive.
- October 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM EDT
The 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur highlights the importance of supporting and promoting entrepreneurs at home and overseas
- September 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM EDT
Earlier today, I joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton for an event here at the White House to discuss efforts to combat wildlife trafficking. Secretary Jewell also announced the members of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, which was formed to increase U.S. efforts to counter poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.
- March 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM EDT
Today is a holiday that reminds us of the rich culture of the Iranian people, and the extraordinary contributions that they have made to human history. Yet even as holidays like this underscore the connections that we share as human beings, the Government of Iran is going to great lengths to isolate the Iranian people by cutting them off from the outside world.
- July 21, 2011 at 5:19 PM EDT
Since its founding, the United States has a long-standing commitment to supporting religious freedom in all around the world, and will continue to speak out for the universal rights of people to practice their religion.
- June 23, 2011 at 4:40 PM EDT
Take a look at this infographic that lays out how President Obama is winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while keeping America safe.
- December 17, 2010 at 4:55 PM EDT
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Rhodes, debunks the argument that the New START Treaty is being rushed.
- September 24, 2010 at 6:14 PM EDT
The President once again speaks to millions of Iranians, this time in an interview with Bahman Kalbasi of BBC Persian.