This Tuesday, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the late South African leader, Nelson Mandela, at his memorial service in Johannesburg. According to a recent publication on The Blaze, Obama compared Mandela to legendary revolutionaries such as Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He continued in his address stating,
“Emerging from prison, without the force of arms, he would—like Abraham Lincoln—hold his country together when it threatened to break apart,” Obama said. “And like America’s founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations—a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power after only one term.”
Tens of thousands of people have come forward to pay their respects at Mandela’s memorial service, including nearly 100 heads of state and notable celebrities hoping to honor the former President. CNN is currently covering the funeral service, which is being held at the First National Bank Stadium, and providing updates throughout the day. It is clear that few men have ever touched the lives of so many in the same way as Nelson Mandela. His commitment to justice, and his efforts to remain peaceful in the face of reckless hostility, continue to inspire men and women from all walks of life. Mandela taught the world to seek the better angels of our nature, and he will be deeply missed.
*This Blog Posted 12/10/2013