Ben Rhodes and Tommy Vietor team up with J Street

Pod on Tour

Pete Souza

President Barack Obama talks with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, aboard Air Force One en route to New York, N.Y., to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

J Street has partnered with Crooked Media, a political media company founded by former Obama administration officials, ahead of its annual national conference set to take place on October 26-29 in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, J Street announced that former Obama administration national security officials, Ben Rhodes and Tommy Vietor, will do a live podcast taping of their foreign policy-focused podcast “Pod Save the World” at the conference.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Crooked Media to make this year’s J Street Conference a platform for candidates and policymakers to discuss the future of American leadership in the Middle East,” J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement.

In recent months, J Street has been targeting the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to make them reconsider their alliance with AIPAC and lobbying them to express their support in favor of re-entering the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. In comments to The New York Times in March, Rhodes bemoaned that “the Washington view of Israel-Palestine is still shaped by the donor class.”

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