Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes has written a book about the 2016 election called “The World As It Is,” a pretty hilarious title considering Rhodes is most famous for admitting he sold the Iran nuclear deal by feeding a lot of banana oil to ignorant young reporters so they’d create an echo chamber that just repeated whatever he told them. It made sense when you realized his background wasn’t in foreign policy or the military but in creative writing.
In other words, I wouldn’t exactly rely on this book as a factual account of the 2016 election. However, there is one passage that’s already making headlines. Rhodes describes a shocked Barack Obama trying to understand how the voters could’ve possibly elected Trump after all he’d done for them. The book quotes Obama as saying, “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early. Maybe we pushed too far...Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”
Excuse me, but that is incredibly insulting and condescending. I’m amazed he didn’t say “their tribe that clings to guns and religion.” If he’s really interested in knowing why Trump won, he could try reading my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” that warned the coastal elites well before the election that they were totally out of touch with working Americans who were sick of being unemployed, struggling to feed their families, working three part time jobs, seeing the system rigged against them while well-connected rogues skated away scot-free, and being denigrated as a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic basket of deplorables if they complained.
It was Obama and other “progressives” who divided Americans up into warring tribes and pitted them against one another. Trump voters wanted to “make America great again” by bringing the country back to its founding principles of equality under the law and everyone abiding by the same set of rules. How about according enough respect for the voters' intelligence to concede that maybe they had lived through Obama’s policies for eight years and decided they didn’t work and they didn’t want any more of them?
To be fair, though, perhaps Obama was shocked because he was living in a bubble inside of a bubble. He was not only in the Beltway bubble, but Rhodes admits that Obama’s staffers had been reinforcing his belief that he would have been reelected to a third term if only he’d been able to run. Wow, if only this guy had been as good at crafting nuclear deals as he is at building echo chambers.