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Obama's new book on Lindsey Graham and Vladimir Putin


In his upcoming memoir, Barack Obama lets loose a stream of colorful adjectives to describe the foreign leaders and politicians he has met in his eight years in the White House without holding back in voice.

He said Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded him of the tough, street-smart community leaders who used to run the political machine in Chicago.

"He was physically inconspicuous," Obama said of his Russian counterpart, whom he towered over, according to an excerpt from his memoir, which was published in the New York Times.

Obama and Putin had a strained relationship during his presidency. In 2014, Obama led his world leaders to kick Russia out of the G8 for annexing Crimea.

Obama also admitted being aware that Russia was trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The FBI opened an intelligence agency investigation into Donald Trump's campaign to find out what Russia was up to, leading to Trump's allegations that Obama was spying on his campaign.

In his 768-page volume, "A Promised Land," published Nov. 17, Obama traces his political career from the beginning to the end of his first term. He reflects on his personal life and opinion on some of the most famous names in politics.

In his memoir, Barack Obama described Russian President Vladimir Putin as "physically inconspicuous".

He described the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy as

He described the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy as "his chest stretched out like that of a dwarf cock".

Franco-American relations were not helped when a biography by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy claimed that Michelle Obama told the French first lady that life was in the White House

Franco-American relations were unsupported when a biography by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy claimed that Michelle Obama told the French first lady that life in the White House was "hell". Both the Obama administration and the Elysee Palace denied this – over the two women in France in April 2009

He described the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy as "his chest stretched out like that of a dwarf cock".

"A Promised Land" will be released on November 17th

These two men weren't the closest friends either – Obama sometimes had a higher approval rating than Sarkozy among the French – and the relationships were not supported when a biography by Carla Bruni-Sarkozy claimed that Michelle Obama told the French first lady life in The White House was hell. Both the Obama administration and the Elysee Palace denied this.

But the first French couple worked to improve Franco-American relations, showering the Obamas with over $ 40,000 in gifts in a single year, including a Hermes golf bag and a Baccarat crystal golf statuette of a golfer whose irons lay over his head.

Obama also shows his boredom at a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao. During the meeting, Hu read from piles of prepared papers, so monotonous that Obama considered "that we could save each other time just by exchanging papers and reading them as we see fit."

The memoir – the first of two – recounts his first presidential election, attempt to pass health care reform, and work with Republican Congress leader Senator Mitch McConnell and then House Speaker John Boehner.

His mentions of President Donald Trump come through the prism of Trump's criticism of himself, including the lie that Obama was not born in the United States.

He notes that Trump's deliberations were originally viewed as a joke, but he viewed them as part of the Republican Party's attempts to address white Americans' fears of the first black president.

In that sense, there wasn't much of a difference between Trump and Boehner or McConnell. They also understood that it doesn't matter whether what they said is true, ”he wrote after an excerpt from CNN, adding:“ In fact, the only difference between Trump's political and their political style was Trump's lack of Inhibition. & # 39;

He also described McConnell as greedy for power, writing what the Kentucky Senator lacked in charisma or interest in politics, what he more than made up for in discipline, shrewdness, and shamelessness – all he used for the single-minded and dispassionate pursuit of power. & # 39;

Obama described Mitch McConnell as greedy for power and wrote what to the Kentucky Senator

Describing Mitch McConnell as greedy for power, Obama wrote what the Kentucky Senator lacked in charisma or interest in politics, what he more than made up for in discipline, shrewdness and shamelessness – all he used for the single-minded and dispassionate pursuit of power

In his memoir, Obama described South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham as the man in the spy thriller, or heist,

In his memoir, Obama described South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham as the man in the spy thriller, or heist, "who double-crosses everyone to save his own skin" – through Graham, he met Obama and Joe shortly before in January 2009 Biden Obama's first inauguration

Obama speaks in the book about Donald Trump through the prism of Trump's criticism of him; The two men can be seen in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016, a few days after Trump won the 2016 election

Obama speaks in the book about Donald Trump through the prism of Trump's criticism of him; The two men can be seen in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016, a few days after Trump won the 2016 election

And he has comments on other American politicians.

He complained that Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley "was hunching over this or that problem he had with the bill without telling us exactly what it would take to make him say yes."

He hit Sarah Palin, John McCain's associate in 2008, because she had no idea what the hell she was talking about on governance.

And he described South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham as the guy in the spy thriller or heist film "who double-crosses everyone to save his own skin."

In his book, Obama also talks about racial relations in the United States, saying that it was his own historic election as the nation's first black president that sparked part of the current division in the country.

"It was as if my presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a feeling that the natural order had been disrupted," writes Obama in the book received by CNN.

Donald Trump, he claims, sensed the mood in the country and used it to win the White House in the 2016 election.

“This is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started making claims that I was not born in the United States and was therefore an illegitimate president. For millions of Americans who were terrified by a black man in the White House, he promised an elixir for their racial fear, ”he writes.

However, Obama claims the problem's roots came before the current president. He attributes this to John McCain's decision to name Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his comrade in the 2008 presidential election.

Through Palin, it seemed like the dark spirits that lurked for a long time on the fringes of the modern Republican Party – xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an aversion to black and brown people – found their way into the center stage, "writes Obama .

He exempts McCain from all responsibility, however, and believes that the Senator, who died of brain cancer in 2018, would not have made the same decision if he had known what the future would be.

"I would like to believe that if he got the chance to do it again, he might have changed his mind," wrote Obama, who delivered an eulogy at McCain's funeral. "I think he really put his country first."