Barack Obama says Vladimir Putin went on 45-minute rant against US11/16/2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin went on a “seemingly endless,” 45 minute rant lambasting the United States to President Obama, the former commander-in-chief reportedly writes in his new book.
The diatribe, according to The Sun, occurred during a July 2009 meeting between the two world leaders and is documented by Obama in his new memoir “A Promised Land,” out Nov. 17.
Citing a publishing source, the outlet reports that as the two were served tea, eggs and caviar, the Russian president launched into a “seemingly endless” tirade about ways in which the US had wronged the Soviets.
“Putin said he liked President George W. Bush personally,” the source told the outlet of Obama’s account in the book, adding that the he goes on to say how he reached out after the Sept. 11 attacks and mentioned how he “had even offered Russia’s help in handling Saddam Hussein.”
Describing Obama’s account in the book, the source continues that Putin went on to blame the 43rd president for invading Iraq and accuse him of destabilizing “the entire Middle East.”
“The staffers who accompanied Obama to the meeting tried to cut it short when Putin was about thirty minutes into the rant,” the publishing source told the outlet.
In the book, being published by Penguin Random House, “Obama describes how he decided not to interrupt,” because it appeared as though the Russian president had rehearsed the presentation, according to the outlet.
“It was 45 minutes before he finally stopped and Obama answered him point by point in what turned into a marathon two hour conversation,” the source said.
A New York Times book review published last week noted that the Kremlin is mentioned in the new tome.
“Vladimir Putin reminds him of the tough, street-smart ward bosses who used to run the Chicago machine,” the review noted, quoting Obama as saying of Putin, “Physically, he was unremarkable.”
A spokesperson for Obama did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the report. Penguin Random House did not immediately respond as well.
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