Former Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen puts into words in a new book the moment he regrets most in his life
Anders Fogh Rasmussen left his dying mother alone in the hospital. He commits that today. Photo: Bo Amstrup / Ritzau Scanpix

Anders Fogh Rasmussen tends to hold back when it comes to privacy. But now the country’s former prime minister is opening up.

In his new book ‘Stepping into character’, the left-hand man discusses, among other things, the mother’s course of illness – a period in which the former NATO Secretary General made the biggest mistake of his life.

It appears in the book that Martha Rasmussen – mother of Anders Fogh Rasmussen – was affected by a brain tumor. Her course of illness stretched over about two years, but Fogh writes that the family did not talk openly about either the illness or the serious consequences.

Left dying mother alone
Martha Rasmussen slept quietly into 1985. A few days before the tragedy, Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited her at Viborg Hospital, where she was dying.

‘She could not speak, but she clearly sensed that someone was in the living room. I was sitting close to her bed, Suddenly she reached out for my hand. I took her hand but sat silent and did not know what to say. I sat there for a very, very long time – quietly, with her hand in mine ‘, Fogh writes in the book.

‘I looked at the clock, because I had to catch a flight from Karup to Copenhagen. I pulled at the last minute, but then I felt I had to say goodbye and I left the room. It stands as the worst act of my life ‘.

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Anders Fogh Rasmussen was Prime Minister from 2001 to 2009. Photo: Jesper Stormly Hansen / POLFOTO
Anders Fogh Rasmussen was Prime Minister from 2001 to 2009. Photo: Jesper Stormly Hansen / POLFOTO

Has changed
The country’s former prime minister further writes how he has since got his mind back to the moment when the mother fought between life and death. Fogh could not put into words why the flight to Copenhagen meant more than his dying mother.

69-year-old Fogh further reports that the moment with the mother still sits in him.

‘It has gnawed at me and I decided that in future I would be there when those closest to me were dying, if at all possible’.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s new book was published on 11 May and is the first part of two memoirs that paint a portrait of the former Prime Minister.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at the Liberal Party’s national meeting last year that the government is ‘the most fox-red government in decades’

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