A new HBO documentary called “The Final Year” examines the last days of the Obama administration. One clip in particular has gone viral. It features Ben Rhodes, the Obama staffer who played a key role in the Iran Deal.

Rhodes is seen in the clip trying to process the fact that Trump had won the 2016 election and has trouble forming words. Beckett Adams of the Washington Examiner notes, it’s as bad as you’ve heard:

This HBO footage of Ben Rhodes on election night is as bad as people said it was

They said it was sad. They weren’t kidding.

HBO released a documentary this year, titled “The Final Year,” tracking the last days of the Obama administration. The documentary specifically follow former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, and former Secretary of State John Kerry.

I had heard from colleagues that the film is a trip, but I hadn’t actually seen it for myself until this week. So, bear with me a moment. Some of this is new for me.

We know the 2016 election caught many in politics and media by surprise.

We also know that few people took Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton harder than top members of the Obama administration, many of whom were hoping to have their legacies cemented by the former secretary of state…

What I didn’t know until a recent viewing of “The Final Year” is that Trump’s victory momentarily broke Rhodes’ brain. HBO was there in November 2016 the moment he figured out Trump beat Hillary.

It’s every bit as sad as advertised…

Here’s the clip:

As if that wasn’t bad enough on its own, some creative folks out there have set it to music.

Here are a few examples, via Twitchy:

Featured image via YouTube.


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