Rahul Gandhi’s mention in Obama’s book leaves Twitter divided
Sruthi VibhavariUpdated: 13th November 2020 6:31 pm IST
Indian Twitter is all stirred up after the reports emerged of an assessment of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Barack Obama’s new book. In his book A Promised Land, the former United State’s President has described Gandhi as someone who lacks aptitude and passion to master the subject.
Gandhi had a “nervous, unformed quality”, Obama said, adding that the Gandhi scion “lacked aptitude”.
Rahul Gandhi is no stranger to Internet trolling. However, the online bashing increased multifold on Friday when the excerpt of Obama’s memoir surfaced. While the Bharatiya Janata Party-affiliated IT cell left no stone unturned to use the comment on Gandhi into memes, pro-Congress users tried to look at the positive side of it.
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‘Barack Obama certified Pappu’
A user said that Obama had indirectly called Gandhi a ‘pappu’.
this is what Obama has reportedly written about Rahul Gandhi in his new book.
Is this the right time for all the RaGa fans in India to throw out that "HOPE" photo frame, delete all their posts celebrating Biden's victory, and cry in a corner? pic.twitter.com/N3CGN3yZS2
— An Open Letter (@AnOpenLetter001) November 13, 2020
No mentions of Modi, another section of users write#माफ़ी_माँग_ओबामा
Aaj gye #Pappu ji ke supporters yeh trend leke!
Nobody gives a shit!!#barakobama is a member of BJP IT cell now!!???? @narendramodi is our Modi, the Pride of India
What Barak Obama said about #PMModi pic.twitter.com/v4BwGzwAZH
— Deepika981 (@Deepika9813) November 13, 2020
While heavy trolling was taken up at the expense of Rahul Gandhi, some pointed out that Obama had not mentioned Modi—who is considered a ‘world-class leader’ by many.
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Congress leader Tariq Anwar too came to rescue Rahul Gandhi, over Obama’s comment. “Obama and Rahul must have met briefly, probably 8-10 years back when he came to India as the US President. To assess someone in few meetings is tough,” he said.OBAMA'S PERSONAL COMMENTS ON RAHUL, JUST NOT CALLED FOR. RAHUL GANDHI IS AT THE BOTTOM OF MY PREFERENCE LIST, BUT I STIL THINK THERE WAS NO NEED FOR OBAMA TO GO OUT OF THE WAY IN DEMEANING RAHUL. YOU LOST MY RESPECT MR OBAMA. VERY BAD. pic.twitter.com/x5cQtQyPsm
— NaamhaiBharat (@Naamhaibharat) November 13, 2020
“Rahul Gandhi’s personality has changed since then, he’s gained lot of experience,” he added.
Gandhi’s mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi also appears to find a mention in the memoir. The NYT 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.”Obama & Rahul Gandhi must've met briefly,probably 8-10 yrs back when he came here as US Pres. To assess someone in few meetings is tough. Rahul Gandhi's personality has changed since then, he's gained lot of experience: Tariq Anwar, Cong on Obama's remarks on Gandhi in his memoir pic.twitter.com/OOgbGfmb91
— ANI (@ANI) November 13, 2020
Indian Twitter is all stirred up after the reports emerged of an assessment of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Barack Obama’s new book. In his book A