Obama thrills crowd as he honors Mandela


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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