A few small cleats. In the first volume of his memoirs, entitled “A Promised Land” (“A Promised Land”, Fayard editions) to be published next Tuesday, the former President of the United States Barack Obama reveals 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 extracts published in a review of the New York Times, written by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
“He more than made up for his lack of charisma”
Evoking his former Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, Barack Obama recounts that, during a one-to-one meeting, the latter read documents in such a monotonous manner that he almost suggested to him “to save time together 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 (…) by a discipline, a perspicacity and a total absence of moods which he put at the service of a cold conquest of the power”, he writes.