The World as It Is

  • 28 Mar 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Gainey Ranch Golf Club at 7600 E Gainey Club Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258


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With Ben Rhodes

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 6:00-8:30 pm

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Cocktail Reception: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:45-7:20 pm
Program begins:7:30 pm

Gainey Ranch Golf Club
7600 E Gainey Club Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Early-Bird Rate through March 25th
Standard Registration: $55
Standard Registration (Non-Member): $70
Table (up to 10 attendees): $600

Standard Rate:
Standard Registration: $65
Standard Registration (non-members): $80

Please join PCFR for a dinner discussion with Mr. Ben Rhodes, author and former deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama.

From 2009 to 2017, Ben Rhodes served as deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama, overseeing the administration’s national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy, and global engagement programming. Prior to joining the Obama administration, from 2007 to 2008 Rhodes was a senior speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. Before joining then–Senator Obama’s campaign, he worked for former congressman Lee Hamilton from 2002 to 2007. He was the co-author, with Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission. A native New Yorker, Rhodes has a BA from Rice University and an MFA from New York University.


This is the first account of the full eight years of the Obama presidency, written by someone who was as close to Barack Obama as any member of his Administration. In THE WORLD AS IT IS: A Memoir of the Obama White House (Random House Hardcover; On Sale: June 5, 2018), the reader hears more of Obama’s voice – behind closed doors, in the most important meetings and in casual conversation – than any book that has been written to date. This includes his candid reactions to issues like Syria, Iran, Russia, Cuba, Benghazi, race, American politics, and the election of Trump. It is also a uniquely personal memoir. Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes gives the reader an unprecedented sense of what it is like to serve at the heart of a consequential presidency for eight years – what it’s like to be in the room, how it changes you, and how to make sense of the forces that have been roiling our world and our politics over the last decade.

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