Rahul Gandhi Lacks The Aptitude, Not Passionate Enough - Barack Obama In His Memoir

Rahul Gandhi Lacks The Aptitude, Not Passionate Enough - Barack Obama In His Memoir
Former U.S. President Barack Obama says Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has a "nervous, unformed quality" about him like a student eager to impress the teacher but lacking aptitude and passion to "master the subject."

The New York Times reviewed Mr. Obama's memoir 'A Promised Land', in which among other issues, the first Black American President has talked about political leaders from around the world.

On Mr. Gandhi, Mr. 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.

Mr. Gandhi's mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi also appears to find mention in the memoir.

Rahul Gandhi, who during Mr Obama's tenure, was the Vice President of the Congress, had met Mr Obama during his last visit to India in December 2017. Mr Gandhi had tweeted about the meeting.

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

In 2015, Mr 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 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."

Former U.S. 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.

"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 Article read.

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

About Hu Jintao, who was the President of China 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 768-page memoir, expected to hit the stands on November 17, chronicles Mr. Obama's childhood and political rise, before diving deeply into his historic 2008 campaign and first four years in office.

Mr. Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He visited India twice as the U.S. President - in 2010 and 2015.

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