Former US president Barack Obama, in his political memoir – ‘A Promised Land’, has written about political leaders from around the world. According to The New York Times, he has drawn sketches of several leaders of the US and other nations which includes Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
On Rahul Gandhi, Obama has written that 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.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also finds a mention in the former US President’s memoir. The NYT review said in the memoir “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.”
On former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the review states, “Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and the Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh both come across as having a kind of impassive integrity”.
Rahul Gandhi had met Obama during his last visit to India in December 2017. Gandhi had tweeted about the meeting and posted a photo and written: “Had a fruitful chat with President @BarackObama Great to meet him again.” Gandhi was then the Vice-President of the Congress.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 1, 2017
The NYT review 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.
The 768-page memoir chronicles Obama’s childhood and political rise, followed by his historic 2008 campaign and first four years in office. ‘A Promised Land’ is expected to hit the stands on November 17.