Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has a “nervous, unformed quality” about him like a student and lacks “aptitude or the passion to master the subject”, said former US president Barack Obama.

The former US President has written about Rahul Gandhi in his memoir ‘A Promised Land’.

According to a New York Times review, Obama on Rahul Gandhi said 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”.

During Obama’s tenure as US President, Rahul Gandhi was the vice president of the Congress.

He met Obama during his last visit to India in December 2017.

Stating about the meeting, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted along with a picture: “Had a fruitful chat with President @BarackObama Great to meet him again.”

Obama has also mentioned many other leaders including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his memoir.

Obama noted that former Prime Minister Singh has a kind of ‘impassive integrity’.

“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 said.

“And then there are his biographical sketches, masterful in their brevity and insight and humor,” it added.

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”.


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