Senior Obama adviser Ben Rhodes,is writing a book on his time in the White House. Rhodes served as Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications and saw the president up close and personal for eight years of his administration.
The book, titled “The World as It Is,” will paint an intimate look at some of the most controversial days of the Obama administration. According to a New York Times sneek-peek book review, “Few moments shook Mr. Obama more than the decision by voters to replace him with a candidate who had questioned his very birth.” (RELATED: Watch Ben Rhodes Melt Down On Election Night)
The meeting of Obama and Trump at the White House is described by Rhodes as “surreal.” Trump wanted to joke with Obama about one topic: How both he and Obama could get more people at their rallies that Hillary could.
“The day Mr. Obama hosted Mr. Trump at the White House after the election seemed surreal. Mr. Trump kept steering the conversation back to the size of his rallies, noting that he and Mr. Obama could draw big crowds, but Mrs. Clinton could not, Mr. Rhodes writes.”
The Times writes that Obama said, “I’m trying to place him in American history” after the meeting. Trump was compared to characters in Huckleberry Finn by Obama’s staff.
“I don’t know,” Obama told aides at one point, frustrated with Trump’s victory. “Maybe this is what people want. I’ve got the economy set up well for him. No facts. No consequences. They can just have a cartoon.”
The piece goes on to talk about how Obama struggled with losing the support of so many Americans and how he was sure that Hillary Clinton would win.
You can pre-purchase the book here.