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Obama thrills crowd as he honors Mandela



Published: Tue, December 10, 2013 @ 3:03 p.m.

Obama thrills crowd as he honors Mandela

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world today to embrace Nelson Mandela’s universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium. In a speech that received thunderous applause, Obama urged people to apply the lessons of Mandela, who emerged from 27 years in prison under a racist regime, embraced his enemies when he finally walked to freedom and promoted forgiveness and reconciliation in South Africa.


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1auntiem4cabs(113 comments)posted 7 months ago

I'm glad he can thrill someone. Maybe he should move THERE and let them find out about who they love!

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2rickking123(284 comments)posted 7 months ago

His memorial to Mandela sounded more like an Obama campaign speech. Nice to see how he turned it into a speech about himself. And he got a cool selfie with some other world leaders too.

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3JoeFromHubbard(960 comments)posted 7 months ago

I am reading this story at 9 PM on 10 December and the "Comments" counter says 7 at this point.

I only see 3 visible postings. The Vindy editorial police must be busy with this story.

Of course Obama used this opportunity for promotion, he knows how to play that game.

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4walter_sobchak(1831 comments)posted 7 months ago

JoeFromHubbard,
I think we both know it is ALWAYS about himself as our president is the ultimate narcissist. When I saw the video of him bouncing up the steps and shaking hands with the bench, I thought he was going to strip off his coat like a warm-up suit and start shooting hoops. "Now entering the game, #1, Barry Soetoroooooooooo!" Maybe he is going to run for President of South Africa.

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5JoeFromHubbard(960 comments)posted 7 months ago

walter_sobchak,

That's a great idea, Obama for president of South Africa. I'd vote 2 or 3 times for that.

He accepts multiple votes, doesn't he?

I'm certain they need healthcare and food stamps there more than we do.

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