Vladimir Putin launched ‘seemingly endless’ tirade against America to Obama, book says

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly went on a ‘seemingly endless’ 45-minute rant against the United States during his first meeting with Barack Obama in Russia.

The revelation of Putin’s reported tirade was disclosed in Obama’s forthcoming memoir, ‘A Promise Land,’ which discusses the former president’s childhood days and his presidential first term up until the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.

According to ‘A Promise Land,’ per The Sun, the two political figure’s first meeting happened in July 2009 at Putin’s ‘dacha,’ a gated mansion settled into the Moscow suburbs.  

Pictured: Former US President Barack Obama (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) shake hands during a meeting at the latter's country residence home in Novo Ogaryovo, near Moscow, on July 7, 2009

Pictured: Former US President Barack Obama (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) shake hands during a meeting at the latter's country residence home in Novo Ogaryovo, near Moscow, on July 7, 2009

Pictured: Former US President Barack Obama (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) shake hands during a meeting at the latter’s country residence home in Novo Ogaryovo, near Moscow, on July 7, 2009

‘Obama talks about how Putin didn’t look imposing when they posed for photos, describing him as “short and compact,” with a prominent nose and pale watching eyes,’ a source told The Sun.

‘He talks about how male waiters in traditional peasant dress and high leather boots served them eggs and caviar and poured tea, while Putin launched into a “seemingly endless” diatribe about every single perceived injustice and betrayal that he said he and the Russian people had suffered at the hands of the Americans.’ 

‘Putin said he liked President George W Bush personally and reached out after the September 11 attacks, to pledge his solidarity and had even offered Russia’s help in handling Saddam Hussein.  

‘But he said Bush went and invaded Iraq and accused him of destabilizing the entire Middle East.’

According to 'A Promise Land,' per The Sun, Vladimir Putin (right) was both critical and admired former President George W. Bush (left)

According to 'A Promise Land,' per The Sun, Vladimir Putin (right) was both critical and admired former President George W. Bush (left)

According to ‘A Promise Land,’ per The Sun, Vladimir Putin (right) was both critical and admired former President George W. Bush (left)

President George W. Bush (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) waving as the two leaders take a ride in Putin's 1956 Volga before dinner at Putin's residence outside Moscow

President George W. Bush (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) waving as the two leaders take a ride in Putin's 1956 Volga before dinner at Putin's residence outside Moscow

President George W. Bush (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) waving as the two leaders take a ride in Putin’s 1956 Volga before dinner at Putin’s residence outside Moscow

The memoir source said that Obama aides attempted to curb the reported diatribe, but he insisted Putin continue,

‘The staffers who accompanied Obama to the meeting tried to cut it short when Putin was about thirty minutes into the rant,’ The Sun reports.

‘But Obama describes how he decided not to interrupt as it appeared that Putin had rehearsed the entire thing.

‘It was 45 minutes before he finally stopped and Obama answered him point by point in what turned into a marathon two hour conversation. He claims that Putin seemed open but not enthusiastic to his point of view.’

Under the Obama administration, the U,S. called for a ‘reset’ in the two countries’ relationship after years of growing tension throughout several presidencies. But tensions soured as Obama worked through his second term.

The Obama administration sought to 'reset' relations with Russia, but tensions continued to mount through Barack Obama (left) second term. Pictured: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin (right)

The Obama administration sought to 'reset' relations with Russia, but tensions continued to mount through Barack Obama (left) second term. Pictured: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin (right)

The Obama administration sought to ‘reset’ relations with Russia, but tensions continued to mount through Barack Obama (left) second term. Pictured: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin (right)

The Trump administration's relationship with Russia was overshadowed by accusations of election meddling in the GOP President's favor. Picture: President Donald Trump

The Trump administration's relationship with Russia was overshadowed by accusations of election meddling in the GOP President's favor. Picture: President Donald Trump

The Trump administration’s relationship with Russia was overshadowed by accusations of election meddling in the GOP President’s favor. Picture: President Donald Trump

The Trump administration’s relationship with Russia was marred by election meddling allegations that persisted through the President’s four years in office.

And most recently, Putin signaled that he supported the Democratic party’s ascent back into the Oval Office with President-elect Joe Biden.

‘Democratic Party is traditionally closer to the so-called liberal values, closer to Social Democratic ideas, if compared to Europe,’ Putin said during a TV interview last week.

But he added that ‘we can hear rather sharp anti-Russian rhetoric as well. Regrettably, we have become used to this.’

The first installment of ‘A Promise Land’ will be one of two volumes with Penguin Random House, the publishing company that paid a record $65million for Michelle Obama’s best-selling memoir, ‘Becoming.’

Obama’s memoir will include his struggles with approving the Osama bin Laden assassination because he couldn’t discuss it with Michelle, as well as how Donald Trump offered to build a ‘beautiful ballroom’ at the White House.

It’s scheduled for release on November 17, 

Barack Obama;s memoir, 'A Promise Land,' (pictured) will be released on November 17

Barack Obama;s memoir, 'A Promise Land,' (pictured) will be released on November 17

Barack Obama;s memoir, ‘A Promise Land,’ (pictured) will be released on November 17

Obama says rise of Trump was racist reaction to ‘having a black man in the White House’, blasts President for birtherism and says the rot set into GOP when McCain named Sarah Palin as running mate

 by EMILY GOODIN, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Barack Obama slams Republicans as xenophobic and paranoid in his forthcoming memoir, which focuses on his first term in the White House.

In the 768-page tome, entitled ‘A Promised Land’ and out on November 17, Obama reflects on his political career but divulges in the personal, admitting life in the White House increased his smoking habit and caused tension in his marriage with Michelle.

He also speaks to race relations in the United States, writing it was his own historic election as the nation’s first black president that sparked some of the current division in the country.

‘It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted,’ Obama writes in the book, which was obtained by CNN.

Donald Trump, he claims, sensed the country’s mood and took advantage of it to win the White House in the 2016 election.

‘Which is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started peddling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president. For millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House, he promised an elixir for their racial anxiety,’ he writes.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Barack Obama slams Republicans as xenophobic and paranoid in his forthcoming memoir and writes Donald Trump took advantage of racial tension in the country to win the White House

Outgoing President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump arrive at the Capitol for Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017

Outgoing President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump arrive at the Capitol for Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017

Outgoing President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump arrive at the Capitol for Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017

Obama claims the roots of the country's racial division came with John McCain's decision to have Sarah Palin be his running mate in the 2008 election

Obama claims the roots of the country's racial division came with John McCain's decision to have Sarah Palin be his running mate in the 2008 election

Obama claims the roots of the country’s racial division came with John McCain’s decision to have Sarah Palin be his running mate in the 2008 election

'A Promised Land' is out on November 17

'A Promised Land' is out on November 17

‘A Promised Land’ is out on November 17

But, Obama claims, the roots of the the problem came before the current president. He traces it to John McCain’s decision to name Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

‘Through Palin, it seemed as if the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party — xenophobia, anti intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward Black and brown folks — were finding their way to center stage,’ Obama writes.

However, he goes on to absolve McCain of any responsibility, saying he believed the senator, who died of brain cancer in 2018, wouldn’t have made the same choice if he knew what the future held. 

‘I’d like to think that given the chance to do it over again, he might have chosen differently,’ wrote Obama, who gave one of eulogies at McCain’s funeral. ‘I believe he really did put his country first.’ 

Obama Admits Daughter Malia Got Him to Quit Smoking 

In his memoir, Barack Obama reveals that the job strain of being president increased his smoking habit.

He would sometimes smoke eight or nine or ten cigarettes a day and look for a ‘discreet location to grab an evening smoke.’ 

But it was his eldest daughter Malia who got him to quit, which he did by ‘ceaselessly’ chewing nicotine gum, a tool he used after she frowned at him after ‘smelling a cigarette on my breath.’

Obama began smoking as a teenager and talked about his struggle to quit.

‘As a former smoker I constantly struggle with it,’ the then-president admitted during a press conference in 2009. ‘Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I daily smoker, a constant smoker? No. I don’t do it in front of my kids. I don’t do it in front of my family.’

He was never caught on camera smoking during his White House tenure.

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The book is the first of two parts coming from the former president – part of a $65 million deal he and Michelle Obama signed with Penguin Random House. The former first lady’s book ‘Becoming’ sold millions of copies when it came out in 2018, setting a high bar of expectations for her husband’s book.

The former president is preparing for a publicity tour – he’s already sat down with CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ and ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’ The New York Times has reviewed a copy of the tome. 

This book deals with his first term in the White House. It begins with his early political campaigns and ends with a meeting in Kentucky where he is introduced to the SEAL team involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

It recounts his first presidential election, his attempt to pass healthcare reform and his work with Republican congressional leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and then-House Speaker John Boehner. 

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

He notes Trump’s musings were originally seen as a joke but he came to regard them as part of the Republican Party’s attempts to appeal to white Americans’ anxieties about the first black president.

‘In that sense, there wasn’t much difference between Trump and Boehner or McConnell. They, too, understood that it didn’t matter whether what they said was true,’ he writes, adding: ‘In fact, the only difference between Trump’s style of politics and theirs was Trump’s lack of inhibition.’

He also described McConnell as power hungry, writing what the Kentucky senator ‘lacked in charisma or interest in policy he more than made up for in discipline, shrewdness and shamelessness — all of which he employed in the single-minded and dispassionate pursuit of power.’ 

President Obama writes his own historic election - he and his family are seen at his January 20, 2009 inauguration - brought about racial tension in the country

President Obama writes his own historic election - he and his family are seen at his January 20, 2009 inauguration - brought about racial tension in the country

President Obama writes his own historic election – he and his family are seen at his January 20, 2009 inauguration – brought about racial tension in the country

Obama's memoir - the first of two parts - focuses on his first term in the White House and his dealings with Republican congressional leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and then-House Speaker John Boehner (seen above with President Obama at the White House in 2011)

Obama's memoir - the first of two parts - focuses on his first term in the White House and his dealings with Republican congressional leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and then-House Speaker John Boehner (seen above with President Obama at the White House in 2011)

Obama’s memoir – the first of two parts – focuses on his first term in the White House and his dealings with Republican congressional leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and then-House Speaker John Boehner (seen above with President Obama at the White House in 2011)

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

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

Obama talks about Donald Trump in the book through the prism of Trump’s criticism of him; the two men are seen in the Oval Office on November 10, 2016, a few days after Trump won the 2016 election

Obama praises George W. Bush in the book, noting how kind the Bushes were after the 2008 election - above the Obamas visit the Bushes at the White House on November 10, 2008

Obama praises George W. Bush in the book, noting how kind the Bushes were after the 2008 election - above the Obamas visit the Bushes at the White House on November 10, 2008

Obama praises George W. Bush in the book, noting how kind the Bushes were after the 2008 election – above the Obamas visit the Bushes at the White House on November 10, 2008 

But Obama has praise for other Republicans, including former President George W. Bush.

He spoke of his predecessor’s kindness after he won the 2008 election, noting he and his family received a warm welcome at the White House.

‘Whether because of his respect for the institution, lessons from his father, bad memories of his own transition… or just basic decency, President Bush would end up doing all he could to make the 11 weeks between my election and his departure go smoothly,’ Obama wrote.

He added that Bush’s daughters Barbara and Jenna ‘rearranged their schedules to give Malia and Sasha their own tour.’

And he noted how he used that as example for his own actions after the 2016 election. 

‘I promised myself that when the time came, I would treat my successor the same way,’ Obama said.  

There is also praise for his vice president, the incoming president Joe Biden, whom he campaigned for in the 2020 election.

‘I liked the fact that Joe would be more than ready to serve as president if something happened to me — and that it might reassure those who still worried I was too young,’ Obama wrote. ‘What mattered most, though, was what my gut told me — that Joe was decent, honest, and loyal. I believed that he cared about ordinary people, and that when things got tough, I could trust him. I wouldn’t be disappointed.’ 

The book also divulged into the personal with Obama discussing his marriage and how the White House increased his smoking habit.

He admits that he would sometimes smoke eight or nine or ten cigarettes a day and look for a ‘discreet location to grab an evening smoke.’ 

But it was his eldest daughter Malia who got him to quit, which he did by ‘ceaselessly’ chewing nicotine gum, a tool he used after she frowned at him after ‘smelling a cigarette on my breath.’

Malia Obama was 10 and Sasha Obama was seven when their father won the White House. 

In his book Obama praises Joe Biden's qualifications to be president, above he campaigns with Biden in Flint, Michigan, in October

In his book Obama praises Joe Biden's qualifications to be president, above he campaigns with Biden in Flint, Michigan, in October

In his book Obama praises Joe Biden’s qualifications to be president, above he campaigns with Biden in Flint, Michigan, in October 

Obama admits life in the White House led to tensions with his wife Michelle

Obama admits life in the White House led to tensions with his wife Michelle

Obama admits life in the White House led to tensions with his wife Michelle

Obama admits being in the White House increased his smoking habit but he quit when Malia frowned at him for it; the president is seen with his daughters Sasha and Malia at the White House in 2015

Obama admits being in the White House increased his smoking habit but he quit when Malia frowned at him for it; the president is seen with his daughters Sasha and Malia at the White House in 2015

Obama admits being in the White House increased his smoking habit but he quit when Malia frowned at him for it; the president is seen with his daughters Sasha and Malia at the White House in 2015

The fishbowl life in the White House also added tension to his marriage and he hints at frustrations felt by his wife. 

‘Despite Michelle’s success and popularity, I continued to sense an undercurrent of tension in her, subtle but constant, like the faint thrum of a hidden machine,’ Obama writes. ‘It was as if, confined as we were within the walls of the White House, all her previous sources of frustration became more concentrated, more vivid, whether it was my round the clock absorption with work, or the way politics exposed our family to scrutiny and attacks, or the tendency of even friends and family members to treat her role as secondary in importance.’

Obama adds that there were nights ‘lying next to Michelle in the dark, I’d think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered, and my heart would suddenly tighten at the thought that those days might not return.’  

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