A moment of spontaneity sans the teleprompter

SHOBHA SARADA VISWANATHAN, in New Delhi, forwards a self-explanatory YouTube video of US President Barack Obama taking a question from Simrat Ghuman, a reporter from The Times of India‘s television channel, Times Now, at the G-20 summit in London, on Thursday.

Q: Hi, Mr. President.

Obama: How are you?

Q: Thank you for choosing me. I’m very well. I’m (inaudible) from the Times of India.

Obama: Wonderful.

Q: You met with our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. What did you— what are you—what is America doing to help India battle terrorism emanating from Pakistan?

Obama: Well, first of all, your prime minister is a wonderful man.

Q: Thank you. I agree. (Laughter) I agree.

Obama: You know, did you have something to do with that? (Laughter) You seem to kind of take credit for it a little bit there. (laughter)

Q: We’re really proud of him, so…

Obama: Of course. You should be proud of him. I’m teasing you. I think he’s a very wise and decent man and has done a wonderful job in guiding India, even prior to being prime minister, along a path of extraordinary economic growth that is a marvel, I think, for all the world….

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