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Obama on Rahul: Rahul ‘eager to impress, but deep down…’

Obama's memoir 'A Promised Land’ mentions several senior leaders from INC, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh

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Former US President Barack Obama, in his newly published political memoir, A Promised Land, has drawn character sketches of several leaders of the US and other countries. This includes a comment on Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, according to a report in The New York Times. The UPA government, led by Singh, was in power for part of Obama’s decade-long tenure from 2009 to 2017.

“And then there are his biographical sketches, masterful in their brevity and insight and humor,” read The New York Times review.

The gallery, according to the US daily, included former Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, then Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and the US President-elect Joe Biden, among others.

On Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, The New York Times article read: “Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and the Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh both come across as having a kind of impassive integrity”.

“Rahul Gandhi has ‘a nervous, unformed quality about him, as if he were a student who’d done the coursework and was eager to impress the teacher but deep down lacked either the aptitude or the passion to master the subject’,” reported the newspaper, quoting from the book.

Rahul Gandhi, who during the tenure of the Democrat president in the US, was the vice president of the Indian Nationa Congress (INC), had Obama during his last visit to India in December 2017. Gandhi had tweeted about the meeting.

“Had a fruitful chat with President @BarackObama Great to meet him again,” Gandhi had posted, along with a photograph.

In 2015, Obama was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations. During the visit, he had even co-hosted Mann ki Baat with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The New York Times review quoted Obama’s take on US President-elect Joe Biden too. “Joe Biden is a decent, honest, loyal man who Obama senses ‘might get prickly if he thought he wasn’t given his due – a quality that might flare up when dealing with a much younger boss’,” the NYT report read.

“Vladimir Putin reminds him of the tough, street-smart ward bosses who used to run the Chicago machine. on Putin: “Physically, he was unremarkable’,” the NYT preview read.

About Hu Jintao, who was the president of from 2003 to 2013, the NYT article read: “In a private meeting, Hu Jintao reads from stacks of prepared papers, so monotonous that Obama considers suggesting ‘that we could save each other time by just exchanging papers and reading them at our leisure’.”

The Promised Land is the first of a two-part memoir written by the 59-year- former US President.

Obama about Sonia Gandhi’s ‘beauty’

Barack Obama’s memoir A Promised Land mentions several senior leaders from the INC, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh. The ex-US president wrote about Sonia Gandhi’s beauty saying, “we are told of the handsomeness of men like Charlie Crist and Rahm Emanuel, but not the beauty of women, except for one or two instances, as in the case of Sonia Gandhi.”

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