About Benjamin Rhodes

Ben Rhodes has been the Deputy National Security Adviser for strategic communications since September 2009. Previously, he served as President Obama's foreign policy speechwriter.

Prior to joining the Obama campaign, Ben worked as Special Assistant to President Lee H. Hamilton at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He worked closely with President Hamilton through his tenure as Vice-Chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission), focusing particularly on policy recommendations and process matters. He is the author, with Hamilton and Thomas H. Kean, of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. Previously, he taught and worked in local politics in New York City. He is from New York.

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