Sarkozy “bombs the chest like a little rooster”, says Obama in his memoirs

PHILIPPE WOJAZER / AFP Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama, here in Cannes on November 4, 2011.

In his memoirs, the former US president delivers some anecdotes about the great of this world.

NICOLAS SARKOZY – Former US President Barack Obama delivers, in his memoirs to be published Tuesday, November 17, some impressions of his former counterparts, including Nicolas Sarkozy.

“It bulges out the chest like a little rooster,” he writes of the former French president, according to short excerpts published in a New York Times review by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Referring to his former Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, Barack Obama recounts that, during a one-on-one meeting, the latter read documents so monotonously that he almost suggested to him “to buy both time by exchanging our documents and reading them as we please “.

The former Democratic president also sketches quick portraits of some of the Republican tenors, like Senator Mitch McConnell.

“He did more than compensate for his lack of charisma (…) with a discipline, a perspicacity and a total absence of moods that he put at the service of a cold conquest of power”, he writes.

The first volume of the memories of the former president, entitled “A Promised Land” (“A promised land”, Fayard editions), will be published on Tuesday.

Author: AFP with the –


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