Barack Obama used race, personal chemistry, January 26 visit to win PM Modi at Paris Climate deal, says former assistant
WASHINGTON: Former US President Barack Obama Made Exceptional Use Of His Race, Done Everything To Develop A Personal Chemistry With The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi And Relocated The Union State Address To Celebrate India ' To Attend As The Main Guest To Win The Indian Leader On His Ambitious Climate Change, His Former Assistant Demanded On Monday.
The State Of The Union (SOTU) Address Is An Annual Report Issued By The US President To A Joint Congress Meeting At The Beginning Of Each Calendar Year In Office.
The Tactics Deployed By Obama To Bring India On Board, Which Was The Only Great Power In His Way Of The Climate Agreement, Was Described By His Former Personal And National Security Assistant Benjamin Rhodes In A Podcast Interview.
By The Time We Arrived In Paris, The Main Guard Was India, Rhodes Said During A Conversation With Kurt Campbell, The Former Assistant Secretary For East Asian Affairs And Richard Verma, The Former US Ambassador To India, In Their ' The Tealeaves ' Podcast From The Asia Group.
In Response To Questions From Ambassador Verma, Rhodes Said That The Obama Administration At The End Of 2014 Had Made A Breakthrough With The Chinese, Where They Announced Their Targets For Reducing CO2 Emissions.
This Became The Core Of The Paris Accordance, He Noted.
Following the deal by the two biggest emitters, Rhodes said, other countries started announcing their commitments for the agreement. And as a result, the climate agreement in Paris was within reach.
However, The Main Holdout Was India, Rhodes Said When He Gave Insight Into The Strategy That Obama Has Adopted To Win Modes.
We Had To Move The Union State Address To Go To (India), He Said, Referring To Obama's Visit # X27; S To India To Attend The Celebrations Of The Republic Day In January 26, 2015 As The Main Guest. Obama Is The Only American President To Visit India Two Times.
Referring to the January 26 invitation from the Indian prime minister, he said, "Given that India was more important for US for its Paris agreement, his top advisors told him to develop personal rapport with Modi...and advised him that he should accept the invite and go...And Obama really did develop a personal rapport with Modi over multiple meetings."
It Was This Personal Bond That Helped Obama Successfully Discuss His Case With India. Winning Modes Also Helped Obama To Get Other Countries Like Brazil, He Claimed.
Describing the negotiations with Indian officials in Paris as an unforgettable experience, Rhodes said, "I'll never forget. Obama comes around the corner and the Indian negotiators are there before Modi...they start arguing with Obama. I'd never seen anything like this...This argument between Obama and Indian negotiators went on for 30 minutes. The president had no luck, till Modi arrived."
Modi Comes Around The Corner And Comes To The Core Of The Problem. Modi Told Obama That He Has 300 Million People Without Electricity. U ' Tell Me That I ' T Use Coals And, And I Must Do All These Things, The Indian Premier Said.
It Was At This Time, Claimed Rhodes, Obama Brought His Race Corner.
I Remember That Obama Has Never Seen This Before, Said Rhodes, Adding That He Generally Used To Prevent Him From Recording His Race With Other Leaders.
Obama Quoted Rhodes, The Then American President Said To Modi:" Look, You Know, I Understand. I ' M Black, I ' M African-American. I Know What It Is To Be In An Unfair System To Sit Where A Group Of People Got Rich On Your Back ... But I Also Have To Live In The World That I ... If I Just ... Made Decisions Based On That Resentment, I Would Never Catch Up.
Rhodes Claimed That Obama Said Modi That The US Will Help India Set Up Solar Energy Planten Zodat Mensen Sneller Energie Kunnen Krijgen. Hij Heeft Modi Ook Geïnformeerd Over De Grote Initiatieven Op Solar Energy Waarmee De VS Zou Beginnen Bill Gates in Paris .
Modi, You Could Say, He Understood It All, Rhodes Said.