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Heads Up, And a Tribute or Two

8:0 EST President Obama Speaks at a Hanukkah Reception

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99 Responses to “Heads Up, And a Tribute or Two”


  1. 3 Allison
    December 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    A wonderful human being…Nelson Mandela

  2. December 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I know I shouldn’t allow people who don’t matter to impinge on a solemn moment, but fuck, I’m pissed off.

  3. 5 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Here come the waterworks again!

  4. 6 Ceb
    December 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Go with God, Madiba; thank you for speaking truth to power and for showing the world how to live and love.

  5. 7 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

  6. December 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

  7. 12 MightyPamela
    December 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Bon Nuit.

  8. 13 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    The end of an era truly fits this man.

    I have always been proud of the fact that India was at the forefront in dismantling the atrocious apartheid and was the first country to resume sporting relationship with South Africa. Him & Gandhi arr the two greatest legends of this century.

  9. 16 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  10. 21 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  11. 22 Allison
    December 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  12. 23 Judith Fardig
    December 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    We mere mortals have been fortunate to live in the age of one of the world’s great moral leaders who has passed to his eternal rest. We salute you, Nelson Mandela!

    • 25 vcprezofan2
      December 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      So, so true, Judith! We are a truly blessed generation – we have not only had more than one living leader/example of how to live and walk in love while at the same time demanding freedom, equality and dignity, but we’ve also been given the ability to recognize their gifts WHILE THEY WERE/ARE ALIVE.

  13. December 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  14. 27 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Cricket is big in South Africa & India. Apartheid SA was banned from international cricket. When apartheid was gone, India was the first country to play test country with South Africa. In one good coincidence, our team started a new series of cricket games there yesterday. Of course, we were thrashed handsomely by some 150 runs.

    • 28 99ts
      December 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      In the early 1970s – our RWNC premier declared a “state of emergency” and brought the SA rugby team to play in my city – against all advice and sanity. The streets were patrolled by police. Everyone lost that month – I was quite young – and my understanding of Mandela grew in leaps and bounds because of that football match. By trying to enforce white privilege the man did exactly the opposite.

      They didn’t try again – the cricket tour was cancelled.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_South_Africa_rugby_union_tour_of_Australia

    • 29 criquet
      December 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Hi AMK , India hosted South Africa back into international cricket playing them in a 3 match ODI Series. SA’s first test match back was a one off test in Bridgetown , Barbados in April 1992 against the West Indies.

      I am a a bit of a cricket buff so just an observation.

  15. 33 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Wow!

  16. December 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    • 41 PoliticalJunkessa
      December 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Gorgeous picture. I’ve always admired the beautiful cheekbones and bone structure of so many South African faces.

  17. 42 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  18. December 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    • December 5, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      ” In his autobiography, Mr. Mandela recalled eavesdropping on the endless consensus-seeking deliberations of the tribal council, and noticing that the chief worked “like a shepherd.”

      “He stays behind the flock,” he continued, “letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”

      That would often be his own style as leader and president.”

      I think we all know someone who emulates this leadership characteristic rather effectively ;)

  19. 49 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  20. December 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Rest in peace and rest well, Madiba. You ran a splendid race. We are all blessed because you fought for justice and equality. Thank you.

  21. December 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    “We recall the strength of his fist punching the air as he stepped out of prison after 27 years; and his sternness during the negotiations for the freedom of our beloved country. We celebrate his ever-present smile, the cheerful Madiba jive, his love for children and great respect for the women of this country.”
    The article I took this from didn’t mention who said it, think it was the present President of South Africa. I saw the part “his love for children and respect for the women” and thought of another great man.

  22. December 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I have a cocktail. I raise my glass to Nelson Mandela. His death is not important. His life is all that matters.

  23. 58 Gazelle
    December 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    My Madiba has left! He has left a huge vacuum in our world which I hope we can all try to collectively fill. Tonight, I’m celebrating his extraordinary life, a life of grace. Rest in peace, beautiful Madiba.

  24. 59 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  25. 64 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  26. 68 Gazelle
    December 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    My Madiba has left! He has left a huge vacuum in our world which I hope we can all try to collectively fill. Tonight, I’m celebrating his extraordinary life, a life of grace. Rest in peace, beautiful Madiba.

  27. 69 99ts
    December 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Such wonderful posts today Ms Chips – you are the true “news of the world”. The lasting strength of Mandela is that he will be ever celebrated even as we mourn. His life is a celebration of what love, hope and truth can do.

    The picture of those waiting to vote in 1994 makes me ashamed of my complaints about “waiting in line”. If a queue means freedom and equality – bring on more queues.

  28. 74 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    OMG! I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT!!!

    http://wabe.org/post/nelson-mandela-dies-95-look-back-his-1990-atlanta-visit

    Look at the next to last picture in this set of photos. You can’t tell, but see where the microphone is? If you run your finger up from the microphone and another line out from his lips to meet your finger, that’s where my friend Inez and I were seating (really standing) and cheering!

    What a memory that was! We just kept shaking each other! “Can you believer we’re here?!!!”

    Awesome! :-D

    Okay, there I go crying again! Dang it!

    • 75 99ts
      December 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I just answered your last post while you were searching :)

    • 77 amk for obama
      December 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Quite a turn-out.

      • 78 Dudette
        December 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        Yep. It was a packed house (I wanna say at least 50k people.)

        The other amazing thing was there was no pushing or shoving to get in. It was free, so you’d expect some nuttiness to ensue. But nope, everyone was on their best behavior. It was a huge love fest! People were just smiling and singing and holding hands. Then when he got to the podium, the roar of the crowd greeting him like a sonic boom for what felt like a lifetime! Then [ssshh-ssshhh] pin-drop silence so everyone could hear him speak.

        I’m all tingly again just thinking about it. :-D

  29. 80 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  30. December 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Off topic…Sorry!!! Did anyone see the tweety show with PBO?

    • December 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      I didn’t. Betting we’ll see it here at some point. Tribute to Nelson Mandela so important.

    • 84 COS
      December 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      I saw it and I hate to say it, but I was impressed with Tweety. PBO was great as usual. He really had the audience attention. Tweety asked good questions and did not interrupt PBO at all.

      • 85 Obama Grandmama
        December 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        COS, I agree with you. I could not believe that CM actually did not interrupt PBO. I could hear some slight mumbling where CM seemed to catch himself before interrupting. It was a truly great interview.
        Afterwards David Corn, Howard Fineman, and Joy Reid were on to discuss it with Chris. Not needed, but interesting in what each took away from the same session. I heard more of the same whereas many of them who have been critics seemed to actually hear him, thinking he said something way different than ever before. Do you suppose they are so busy bloviating that they actually only hear what they themselves say while taking no time to listen to what PBO says on a regular basis? To me PBO’s appeal to all of us to be engaged in our government is not a new or returned to idea. To me it is just more of the Yes WE Can message we have heard and become a part of from the beginning.

    • 86 99ts
      December 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      I’m going to watch it online – LGF has a snippet – but I am sure Tweetie will be very sad – world events overtook his interview. I assume it was pre-recorded – I think it would have been a much better idea to show it at another time. Pundits rarely seem able to think on their feet.

  31. 87 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  32. 88 LDS
    December 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    99ts, I cried when I saw that picture.
    I am overwhelmed by the older men and women being able to vote for the first time in “their own” country.
    It is too much ……

    • 89 99ts
      December 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      I cried when I saw the queues in Florida, 2012 but this one is almost beyond belief – I am now remembering that I saw that picture when it happened – sometimes I get too busy with the trivia (which has its place in our lives) and forget the true moments of history that I have witnessed over the years.

  33. 90 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  34. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    December 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    • 93 a4alice
      December 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Ha! God’s in good company tonight!

      It’s early but I’m beat. Chips and TOD wonderful recollections of a great man. Thanks!

      zzzzzz

      (nite TOD)

  35. 96 Terri Harvey
    December 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you Lovelyplains for the stunning tribute to Madiba past to present. Mandela was and is one of my all time hero’s. I appreciate all the work you, chipsticks, Liberal Librarian, Dudette and so many others do to make TOD so meaningful for all of us. I have never posted in the comments because I tried once & it did not work. Haven’t tried again til now.. Thanks again everyone!

  36. 99 forus50
    December 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

    OMG it worked. Word Press was blocking me all day yesterday.


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