November 17, 2014
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has called the US president a ‘lame duck.’ Commenting on the recent G20 summit in Australia, Gorbachev said he was disappointed in Obama and that he ‘thought better’ of the American leader.
“Obama is a lame duck. One must not finish the job in such a mediocre way. He just decided to throw accusations around. He will be of no avail any more, unfortunately. I’ve thought better of him,” the former leader of the USSR told Rusnovosti radio.
Gorbachev, who is praised around the world as a great advocate of democracy, used the American term – meaning an elected official, approaching the end of his time in office – when talking about Obama’s comments at the G20 summit.
Speaking in Brisbane last week, where world leaders gathered for the summit, Obama once again put Russia on the list of the greatest threats to the world – along with the Islamic State militants (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the Ebola outbreak. It wasn’t the first time the US president lumped Russia in with the Islamic terrorists and the deadly virus.