The New York Times quoted Obama: “Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and the Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh both come across as having a kind of impassive integrity.” Singh was the fist state guest at the Obama White House.
On the contrary, Rahul’s description fell into a completely different category, with Obama even comparing him to a school student eager to impress his teacher.
A direct quote in the NYT review read: “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’.”
The duo have met twice in 2015 and 2017.
Sonia Gandhi also found a mention in the memoir. Obama wrote about the Congress president’s beauty by 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”.
Netizen’s reacted angrily to Obama’s comment on Rahul, with माफ़ी_माँग_ओबामा trending on Twitter. People, apart from questioning his language, also accused him of insulting the Congress MP.
The memoir, however, made no mention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi whom he has met at several instances.
Obama had attended the 2015 Republic Day celebrations under Modi’s watch to become the first US President in history to visit India twice while in office.
The memoir — A Promised Land — will be released coming Tuesday.