In Johannesburg today, President Barack Obama has received a tumultuous reception and delivered a stunningly powerful eulogy in honour of Nelson Mandela.
Obama told a large crowd at a packed stadium in Johannesburg that it was “a singular honour” to be with them “to celebrate a life like no other”.
“The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us,” Obama told the South African people. “His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and your democracy is his cherished legacy.”
Invoking the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Obama described Mandela as the “last great liberator of the twentieth century”. He said Mandela, like Lincoln, held his nation together when it might have broken apart. [Read more...]