145 Responses to “President Obama’s statement on Nelson Mandela”


  1. 1 Vicki
    December 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Respectful and dignified—PBO and the man he honored.

  2. 3 africa
    December 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Mandela = One of a kind.

  3. 4 africa
    December 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Humility. You saw that in Mandela. You see same in PBO.

  4. 5 LadyTNT
    December 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    R.I.P. to Nelson Mandela

  5. 6 pkayden
    December 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    You can send condolences to Mandela’s family at the link.

    http://www.nelsonmandela.org/p90/index.html

  6. 10 desertflower
    December 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Beautiful tribute to an incredible man.

  7. 11 carolyn
    December 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    So glad I had the opportunity to introduce my Composition students to Nelson Mandela this semester. Two young men gave their powerpoint presentation on him, and I think they learned quite a bit.
    Sad to hear of his death, but his influence will last. Truth and Reconciliation.

  8. 12 a4alice
    December 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    thank you Chips. Truly an extraordinary man.

  9. 16 WilTal
    December 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm

  10. 20 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm

  11. 21 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

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  13. 23 Dakota
    December 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    President Obama: “He no longer belongs to us…he belongs to the ages.”

  14. 24 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  15. 25 vcprezofan2
    December 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    While quietly reading the notes of condolence ….

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      December 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      …..and listening with one ear to CBC News Network’s tribute to Mr. Mandela, I suddenly remembered this performance.

      • 27 Dudette
        December 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        Oh my goodness! That was fantastic! HAD to tweet it!

        • 28 vcprezofan2
          December 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

          Hi Dudette! I’ve watched it over and over up to the point where the final judge says to Botlhale -’You make us proud to be South African’! It’s a moving tribute to Mr. Mandela and his legacy, I think.

  16. 29 WilTal
    December 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm

  17. 30 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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  19. 35 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm

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  21. 37 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  22. 45 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm

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  24. 47 utaustinliberal
    December 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    The good ones always go too soon. No matter how long they live, it seems like we never get enough time with them. I thank him for the insults, slurs, scars, and hate he endured so that someone like me could walk free in the world. May his graceful soul rest in everlasting peace.

  25. December 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    • December 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      I thought I just heard Rachel Maddow say that Barack Obama only had one photo taken with Mandela (the one where Mandela is sitting in a chair in his hotel. Barack Obama was standing next to him shaking his hand. ) this was taken when BHO had first went to the US Senate. When he PBO went to Africa after becoming President he did not want to burden a sick Mandela with a personal visit according to Rachel. Due to just hearing that I am confused by the photo of Michelle and the girls with him. I thought I had followed everything closely but am confused on this. Anyone remember?

  26. 51 idon
    December 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    President Obama and the First Family are a glorious and beautiful of the life President Mandela lived. President Obama’s remarks made me cry.

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  28. December 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    We cannot invoke the spirit of Forgiveness…without JUSTICE

    • December 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      Hey, prettyfoot, I feel you. Don’t mean to be cynical but rethugs already trying to take credit for appreciating Mandela’s forgiveness. Made it easy for them knowing St. Ronnie was for apartheid. Watching PBO right now on Hardball. He looks great.

  29. 58 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  30. 59 EDP4BHO
    December 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    PBO on now on Hardball.

  31. December 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Robert Reich

    The world desperately needs heroes — those who lead without excessive ego, who sacrifice without seeking martyrdom, who show the way without condescension, who honor the best in us without shaming the worst in us, who exemplify what leadership can be and what a nation can accomplish, and from whose life we learn and relearn that social progress is not a pipe dream but the essence of what humans must embrace. Nelson Mandela was such a hero and such a leader. The world grieves his loss, and remembers his greatness…

  32. 61 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

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  34. 63 LDS
    December 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Ms. Dudette,
    If at all possible, before the night is over through tears of love and joy my soul yearns for Stevie Wonder, “Love Is In Need of Love”.
    Tears are flowing for President Mandela’s peaceful, righteous, humble transition. His family and friends. His beautiful country. Our President and First Lady.
    Lastly, those who refuse to open their hearts to experience this love that is in available to all.
    It just dawned on me that when you can love like President Nelson Mandela, you are free even in man-made prisons.
    #Free At Last

  35. 73 GGail
    December 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Chipsticks, this is simply beautiful. But I must stop reading now so I can clear my eyes. I can’t drive home with tears blinding me.

    My heart is as heavy as all of you, yet as Proud as all of you to have been sitting at the feet of President Nelson Mandela.

  36. 74 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    This is lovely inspirational thread, and Chips you don’t have to post this if you deem inappropriate. But this is just plain offensive and I thought I would share with TOD. Don’t allow racist Libertarians/ RWers to co-opt Black historic figures’ suffering as their own…

  37. 79 dotster3
    December 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Tweety still seems unaware of why PBO can’t snap fingers and get a compromise, seemingly unaware of the total Repub obstructionism, PBO still needs to teach and remind of facts. I’m always shocked at how much in the dark these guys who talk politics daily really are.

    • December 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      They aren’t in the dark. They just don’t want to concede anything to PBO.

    • December 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I do not think that he is in the dark…I think that this is part of the meme of PBO being the “other”…that a black man cannot relate to the politics of “how things are on”…that he is remote…and alienated from the other politicians…that if he was “different”…he could get it done….this is all PBOs fault

      • 82 Nena20409
        December 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

        But that Logic is wickedly twisted. DC/NY Pundits logic. Just by Being The Other is Constitutionally and Individualistically and Humanly why pres Obama Must be different from the 43rd before him. No past POTUS can be a PBO so why should the 98% Caucasians who Cover him want PBO to be what their inclination and their own limited world view dictates.

        PBO is different. He is biracial. He lived in different places. His up bringing is different. What these OLD idiots refuse to let pres Obama be. The same goes to some of Us who support this POTUS to also Let Him be……just as he is. He ran for office…..many of Us didn’t. He won. Yet these idiots insist on micromanaging him 24/7.

    • 86 Dudette
      December 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      He’s not the only one, dotster. PBO is teaching the nation. This is who he is and what he does. He’s in his element. I couldn’t be prouder of him.

      • 87 Betsy
        December 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        Me either. I LOVE that he is different, awesome and yet so like us, like who we could be. Whenever. I listen to PBO, he makes me want to be a better person. While I am often enraged at how he is treated, he teaches me how to be a better person.

    • December 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I was wondering if anyone here is watching. PBO can handle it.

      • 89 carolyn
        December 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

        Remember what Bob always says: “Trust Barack. He’s earned it.”
        Every interview, every speech, he teaches. I would love to take a course in the Constitution from him!

      • 90 dotster3
        December 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        He always handles everything beautifully. I always say he always impressively responds “in the best way possible”, and that remains true.

    • 91 japa21
      December 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Tweety knows and gave PBO a chance to get into specifics. Also note the tweeted question which specifically called out GOP.

      • 92 dotster3
        December 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

        After an initial impression, I thought he allowed President Obama space to respond in his most thoughtful manner.

  38. 93 LDS
    December 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Think it not strange that yesterday our President gave the most powerful speech ever about inequality. And the man who was put in a cell for 27 years because he fought for the same thing lived to see the first Black President in these USA. The same man who touched our President’s young life that helped shape his life to become who he is today.
    So much love it makes every heart beat means something. I am so grateful to be alive in these days to be in my right mind to experience it all.

  39. 94 desertflower
    December 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Words from PBO on the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday.

    • 95 desertflower
      December 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      This is not right…I haven’t watched this and have no idea what’s here. Can you remove for me, I fear it’s not appropriate.

      • 96 vcprezofan2
        December 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Desertf, it was very appropriate….. most of them anyway. There seems to be a series of clips, several of them related to Mr. Mandela, INCLUDING the birthday wish from PBO. There was also the video of Mr. Mandela sharing the inaugural speech Chips spotlighted in the initial tribute post. Indeed, I was particularly interested in the one about Cuba, because I never knew previously that Fidel Castro helped South Africa in their fight against apartheid. The only issue I had was that the clips led one to the other, kind of like a spiral.

  40. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    December 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Well, ol’ Chris Matthews is conducting one of his finest interviews ever … as of this point … with President Obama. Chris is keeping his mouth shut and respecting not only the office but the man. Hope he keeps it up, during the remainder of the interview.

    • 100 Dudette
      December 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      I was just thinking the same thing. I’m glad he chose not to ruin this seminal moment in his career with his typical foolishness.
      Well done Chris. So far so good.

      • 101 jacquelineoboomer
        December 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

        President Obama said (after Chris asked about Hillary or Joe in 2016?) that the most important part of being a good President, not about himself but historically speaking, is to have “a sense of connection with the American people.” (Obama Translated, per me: Joe!)

        And, yes, Chris made it all the way through the interview without any idiocy showing through. Wow. Take the rest of the year off, Chris!

    • 102 Lynn
      December 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Spot on, job! Chris fed some questions and just let the President’s answers flow! Our Pres was fierce!

  41. 104 dotster3
    December 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    PBO just made an excellent point to the young audience there—–that it may be MORE important to vote in the midterms, which they largely ignore, than in the presidential elections, where they vote in larger numbers—–it determines Congress, who is Speaker of the House etc., what legislation will be introduced and the likelihood of anything getting done.

  42. 105 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm

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  44. 107 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    • 108 Nena20409
      December 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      NOTE when He said that……I scream Matthews YOU were one of those on MSNBC…….Tweety’s reaction was interesting.

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  46. 110 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

  47. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    December 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    President Obama referred to Pope Francis as a “thoughtful and soulful messenger of peace and justice.”

    Just as I’m sure Pope Francis would refer to President Obama!

  48. 114 Lynn
    December 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    How ironic that President Obama would be having this interview at this moment!

  49. 115 Allison
    December 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

  50. December 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Additional context ….

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  54. 120 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Aaaaaarrgh! Stupid connection to the interview feed died just has he was asking PBO to compare and contrast something…
    What? In the name of all the is HOLY, somebody tell me WHAAAT? :mad:

    • 121 Dudette
      December 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Great! Just great, I got the feed back just as PBO is walking off the stage! UGH!!!

    • 122 japa21
      December 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Tweety was asking him to compare Joe and Hillary in terms of being President. He handled it very well.

      • 123 Dudette
        December 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

        Awwww maaaan!!! What did the President say? Arrrrgh!!!!

        I guess that was the last question. FRAK! Now I’ll have to wait for video!

        • 124 japa21
          December 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

          He wouldn’t get caught up in that, said they both would be excellent Presidents, that Joe will go down in history as one of the best VP’s of all time and Hillary as one of best So0S’s. Then talked about most important qualities of being President, first being in touch with American people then being persistent.

  55. 126 dotster3
    December 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    “It makes you humbler rather than cockier about what you as an individual can do”, said President Obama about his thoughts after being president for 5 years. But he stressed how vital it is for a president to keep that connection to the American people, to remember who you’re working for, to keep trying for those who need opportunities, then a president can weather the stumbling blocks, the criticisms etc. that come with the office. You keep on keeping on. Eyes on the prize.

    • December 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      CM cannot help but insist how “distant” PBO is. He just has to believe this because he can’t still get it in his head that PBO and not a Hillary, or even a Romney is in this position. PBO is to remain “other” to him. And he keeps insisting his poll numbers have caused him to unload. I call BS on this. And so I listen to the after-punditry. Whew Lord, give me strength and then I go back to NOT watching MSNBC. F’in know it all Matthews.

  56. 130 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Okay, Chris’ show is gone. I’m watching this now. Not sure what channel this is, but they’re doing a retrospective on Mr. Mandela’s life.

    http://www.livenewschat.eu/euronews-english-chat/

  57. 131 japa21
    December 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Need a new thread just for the iview. I will wait for that to give my whole assessment other than to say Tweety did an excellent job of asking questions that allowed PBO to give broad answers.

  58. 132 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

  59. 133 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Heads up Blog Tyrants: We might need a newspaper headlines thread sometime tomorrow or Saturday.

  60. 134 hopefruit2
    December 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    UT, this sounds like this person (who I follow) took one of your tweets verbatim. ROTFLMAO!

  61. 135 africa
    December 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I did not watch the interview. I hope Chips will have video here.

  62. 137 utaustinliberal
    December 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

  63. 138 japa21
    December 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

  64. 139 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

  65. 141 JER
    December 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    LIVE NOW – President Obama Speaks at a Hanukkah Reception: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  66. 142 Dudette
    December 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    From The Nelson Mandela Foundation (Center of Memory)

  67. 143 amk for obama
    December 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Rest in peace, Madiba.

  68. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    December 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Lovely photo of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with Nelson Mandela:

    https://twitter.com/JFKLibrary/status/408763911035695104

  69. 145 Lynn
    December 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    If Barack Obama was not out President, the loss of President Mandela would not front page news. I am so glad both are facts. May we all aspire to that quiet dignity and unflappable strength exhibited by both.


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