Fred Kaplan, Slate; see also (1) (2) (3).
Image from article, with caption: Ben Rhodes, left, is Obama's deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. Above, Rhodes, Obama, and Denis McDonough on Air Force One, June 4, 2009.
Why Obama’s foreign-policy adviser comes across as insular and self-centered in a New York Times Magazine profile [see].
Rhodes’ main job is “strategic communication”—meaning to sell Obama’s foreign policy to Congress and the public. If Rhodes is as powerful and skillful and clever as this article claims, the question should have been asked: Why does Obama’s foreign policy have such a lousy reputation?