A few months ago I wrote about being a little envious of Michael Wolf for finding himself sitting in the White House at the moment when the Trump team came to power, allowing him to observe the mayhem from close quarters and to write “Fire and Fury”.
Well I have now read “The World as It Is – Inside the Obama White House” by Ben Rhodes, and I am even more eaten up with envy.
Rhodes set out to be a novelist,
became politically engaged and ended up as Obama’s speechwriter and advisor on
matters international. For eight years the two of them were together virtually
every day and Rhodes travelled more than a
million miles in Air Force One, so that he could always be available to his
friend and hero.
Was there really a time when a man as good and gracious as Obama was able to be the most powerful in the world? Will liberals ever again see such a hopeful, idealistic situation in the White House, the Kremlin, Number Ten Downing Street, or anywhere else?
Towards the end of the book Obama says to him; “ … that’s our job. To tell a really good story about who we are”.
What an incredible story it is – and how well he tells it. If only we could turn the clock back ten years and feel that optimistic again.