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Rahul Gandhi eager to impress but lacks aptitude, says Barack Obama in new book


Former US President Barack Obama in his memoir ‘A Promised Land’ has mentioned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of possessing a “nervous, unformed quality” of that of a student who is eager to impress the teacher, but lacks the aptitude and passion to master the subject.

A US-based newspaper has reviewed Barack Obama’s memoir which is expected to hit the stands on November 17. In the memoir, Obama has discussed about political leaders from across the world.

The 768-page memoir chronicles Obama’s childhood and political rise, before diving deeply into his historic 2008 campaign and first four years in office. Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He visited India twice as the US President in 2010 and 2015.

Barack Obama mentions Rahul & Sonia Gandhi

On Gandhi, Obama says he 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,” according to The New York Times review.

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Gandhi’s mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi also appear to find mention in the memoir. The book says, “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.”

Former US secretary of defence Bob Gates and former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh both come across as having a kind of impassive integrity, the review states.

It added that Russian President Vladimir Putin reminds Obama of the tough, street-smart ward bosses who used to run the Chicago machine. “Physically, he was unremarkable,” Obama writes of Putin.


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