He wrote to senior officials that the administration's public statements should "underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."
In remarks to a liberal group last January obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Rhodes said: "Bottom line is, this is the best opportunity we've had to resolve the Iranian issue diplomatically, certainly since President Obama came to office, and probably since the beginning of the Iraq war. ... This is probably the biggest thing President Obama will do in his second term on foreign policy. This is health care for us, just to put it in context."