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.” This is how former United States President Barack Obama describes the Indian National Congress leader in his upcoming memoir.
The New York Times has reviewed Obama’s ‘A Promised Land’, in which the first Black American President has talked about many political leaders from around the world.
According to The New York Times review, Obama says 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.”
The book also mentions Rahul Gandhi’s mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
“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,” the NYT review said about the memoir.
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.
The 768-page memoir, expected to hit the stands on November 17, 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.
Of the recent winner of the US presidential elections and fellow Democrat Joe Biden, Obama says, “He is a decent man who 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”.
According to the publisher Penguin Random House, A Promised Land is the story of Obama’s “improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency — a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.”
The publishing house said the presidential memoirs of Obama will be published in two volumes. While the first, A Promised Land, is scheduled for global release on November 17, the publication date for the second volume has not been decided.