Live streaming has started from the stadium
The Nelson Mandela Memorial Service begins at 11:0 local time, 4:0 AM US EST
More live streaming here:
White House Live
What an honor … and what a special moment for our TOD community to be sharing it!!!!
I know. I’m sleepy as hell, but I can’t miss this!
This Dudette. I am lucky that I have retired.
Is that Naomi Campbell?
Yes, Bobfr. That is Naomi.HZ
I have to work. In fact will be doing some during the ceremony.
I’ll just have to load up on caffeine today.
I am CRAZY or what? I have my TV on the Africa Channel and I’m streaming CBS/Ustream and the SABC Broadcast!
No not crazy – just thrilled to be alive and experiencing such a profound moment for all humanity, Dudette!!!
Thank you Bob!
Crazy, no question! Dummy me is trying to see it all AND comment in the village all on my laptop – not working so well. Thing is there is no TV in my bedroom and packing up laptop etc to go downstairs to figure out how to get TV going is beyond me right now.
MSNBC showing the AF1 deplaning.
LDS, if you’re still with us, Charlayne Hunter-Gault is doing commentary with Brian Williams on NBC/ MSNBC.
Really good reasons to not be watching NBC/MSNBC ….
Supermodel Naomi Campbell just walked in.
Has it started. Nothing is up yet on my streams.
Hit Refresh (F5). There’s plenty going on.
Use the USTREAM link, Marilyn. They’ve been streaming for the past couple of hours.
Merkel on deck …
But no Bibi! What a shame. He’ll be sorely missed … NOT!
How sad @Netanyahu that you're so full of hate you did not represent Israel at a celebration of Africa's greatest leader. cc @PresidentPeres— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 10, 2013
Way to go Bob!
Despise that dude – for the vast harm he has caused and continues to cause the State of Israel, as well as, the Palestinians.
He’ll be sorely sorry – whether he admits it or not, I bet he’ll regret this decision the rest of his life.
Let’s do everything possible to make sure that is his ugly fate.
Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu …. just flashed on the CBS USTREAM link … Kofi Annan at his seat …
Aw dang, the CBS feed just went black.
Already it’s hard to know where to sit and where to look! Help! My head is spinning!
BTW, I thought no umbrellas were supposed to be brought to the stadium – did authorities supply those?
CBS stream is showing some dude doing the U.S. weather! Arrgh!
They’ve switched over to their morning news feed. GAH.
South African President Zuma is coming in!
Mandela memorial was supposed to start at 11am local. Obama still holding at his hotel.— Julie Pace (@jpaceDC) December 10, 2013
@jpaceDC Well, duh. Of course he should be. You #NEWSTAINERS should get a clue. The WHOLE WORLD knows it's pouring & traffic is a mess.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 10, 2013
Okay, the CBS stream is back!
Afghanistan President Karzai just walked in
President of Afghanistan !
Yep. Mr Drug Lord himself.
Fun watching people notice themselves on the big screen and waving!
Good morning — I’m back. Had a good power nap.
LDS, saw your comment 50 threads back. Yes, I’m planning a trip to SA in September 2014. If you are interested, DM me on twitter or send me an email via Chips…
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf coming in wearing this regal purple traditional outfit. That sister is always FLY!
Her grand-daughter and my cousin are friends; went thru Spelman together. Had the pleasure of meeting Pres Johnson-Sirleaf then.
Thabo Mbeki!!! Another big ROAR from the crowd!
I can’t tell who this is everyone’s cheering. Anyone know?
It was the South African president.
Okay I went to TV and typing on my droid. I’m staying in bed and watching.
It’s going to be interesting to view the seating charts for all these, shall we say “diverse” leaders.
Yeh, Brian Williams was just mentioning that. Some of who have intense disputes going on — like Japan & China. Delicate processing of making seating arrangements.
I was enjoying my CBS stream and someone had the “bright” idea of going to do the weather.
they weatherman could have called me first – I would have reported that the snow is coming down steadily (more than the National Weather Service predicted) and since I hate driving in it, I will just add to my reason for not showing up to work today
this is the one time I am glad that my boss is a rightwinger and will not be checking on TOD anytime soon – otherwise I would b busted for being up all night and calling in “sic”
SABC just announced that every living British Prime Minister is attending.
Mandela family box very somber. Such a range of emotions represented in that stadium.
Have POTUS and FLOTUS arrive yet? At the stadium I mean.
You can be sure that the crowd will tell us when the Obamas arrive
Crowd gives a lively reception for UN Sec Gen Ban-Ki Moon!
CSPAN-2 is now carrying the service live.
Thank you! Finally. MSNBC just put Andrea Mitchell on and all that old had was doing was gossiping about seating arrangements.
C-Span is the best place to watch without commentary.
Ugh….I won’t even watch that channel today.
So, China is excited!!
I saw that. Kinda cute!
They’re welcoming Presidents.
Graca Michel (President Mandela’s wife) is being welcomed!
Graça Machel is such a beautiful woman.
Yes she is!
Has anyone seen Cyril Ramaphosa, yet?
Truly hope he will be South Africa’s next President!!
Wow, our local Atlanta NBC affiliate’s anchor is on now, broadcasting from there!
Winnie Mandela and her family coming in now.
You know, I barely recognize her. She looks so different that the image I always hold of them striding together on the day of his release.
Winnie Mandela just arrived.
Dang, I just missed Winnie and Graca hugging each other.
Good Winnie & Marcel Mandela hugging!!!!!
Winnie Mandela embracing Graca Machel. Wow. #MandelaMemorial http://t.co/1T2spiyxCW— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 10, 2013
It was very touching. They kissed and hugged each other in as deep an expression of love as one could possibly imagine. Truly grateful to have seen every moment of it. Lots of messages in that exchange, for sure.
There it is! That’ll be a headline photo in a bunch of newspapers!
That was a very beautiful and moving moment to watch that exchange indeed.HZ
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (gawd I love his name) coming in.
I love that guy!
Wow, so many dignitaries in one place makes me a little nervous.
Meta, please don’t love him. He is a dumb person and a terrible president.
OK, if you say so. I’ve just witnessed him with PBO and they seem to get along well.
Meta, I have roots in Nigeria, and still visits occasionally. He is hated in Nigeria by the majority of the people because he hasn’t done jack shit since he became president. He is as corrupt as his predecessors who spent their times in office expanding their wealth through Nigeria oil productions and never cared about the ordinary citizens of the country. The country is even worse off now than when he took office. And incompetent man who became president only because his predecessor died in office.
Thanks for the information. I appreciate your perspective.
Let’s start a rumor: GWB made PBO late cuz he was mad about being ignored the whole flight over.
Oh yeh, also he wouldn’t come out of the batchroom, cuz Da Bears kicked the Cowboyz asses! LOL!
Actually, my dear friend, we all know it’s because the Secret Service won’t transport him until it’s ‘all clear.’
I know. Spoilsport!
Brazil in da heezy!
Yep. Thought I saw her earlier but must have been mistaken
Stadium getting mighty full!!!
I am up! so many beautiful images!
Good Morning, CTGirl!
Goooooood morning VC!
Guess its really raining there. Tears from heaven.
Who’s the beautiful blond lady?
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish PM … easy on the eyes, for sure …
Prime Minister of Denmark ?
Ooohhh. I figured someplace Scandinavian.
Dude’s in red fez’s. Must be from Morocco.
Good morning – I could not resist peeking in, to be in the company of such greatness. I’m just in awe watching all the arrivals. This kind of gives me the chills, it seems so massive and majestic. Well, YOU know…
We do know, muscatinegal.
Pull up a chair and rest a while. This is history in the making.
President Abbas is in the house …. suck it Bibi …. you twerp ….
I thought the same thing. Bibi looks so so small today.
Palestinians coming! Mahmous Abbas and dudes in the cool white scarves.
President Zuma has arrived.
Can’t keep my eyes open any longer sweet people; gotta turn in and a get a few zzz’s in so I can function in a few hours to get to to work. Maybe I’ll take my laptop to bed and keep the stream up so I can at least hear this celebration in my dreams. It was nice spending a few hours with y’all. There isn’t any other place to be enjoy at least some of Madiba’s homegoing celebration, then TOD, eh?
Rest well dear friend!!!
Sweet sleep to you, purpleshoes!
Guess this service will be late.
Oh my gosh, I made the mistake of viewing this on MSNBC. Quite simply put, I believe Andrea Mitchell is one of the most disgusting human beings on the planet,
The woman is foul. She’s more disgusting that the pus of an abscessed tooth.
Go to CSPN2. All the good stuff without the BS.
I agree. I happen to turn in then too. She is full of herself.
Ms Greenspan @mitchellreports you are so repulsive that no one with any class would allow you to ruin #Madiba's celebration #ClickOFF @MSNBC— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 10, 2013
President Zuma greeting folks in the VIP box.
Uganda just came in. Now coming in Democratic Republic of Congo. (press keeps trying to interview him, but he’s waving them off)
Good morning everyone. It’s almost 2am in CA, and I haven’t gone to sleep. Very exciting to see all of the dignitaries arrive to the stadium and honoring Nelson Mandela. I can’t wait to see the American delegation esp. President Obama.
Same time zone
Would not miss this for anything!
I am staying here with my dear TOD family. What a historic time to be witnessing such great history. And to know and see that our President, Barack Obama will be making it so as well. HZ
Side by side, dear HZ!!!
I’m here too….Vancouver. Supposed to be going on vacation tomorrow; heading to New York, Caribbean, Rhode Island and Boston; better get some sleep, but want to see PBO!
It is so fantastic that President Mandela’s dear friend Cyril Ramaphosa is presiding over the celebration.
PBO will arrive soon; his motorcade is on the way towards the stadium.
Obama motorcade now making its way to the FNB stadium.— Julie Pace (@jpaceDC) December 10, 2013
Representatives of BILLIONS of people are present – that is an achievement NO OTHER leader has ever accomplished, in the history of humanity.
Representatives of BILLIONS of people honored #Madiba – an achievement NO OTHER leader has ever accomplished, in the history of humanity.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) December 10, 2013
Indeed. Never before!
The first person to invent ‘wipers’ for glasses will be a hero in my book. Handkerchiefs in the laundry. Tissue box empty. Resorting to towels as we type. “I apologize for the rain.” “The rain means the gods are welcoming you.”
Need a bigger towel.
My shirt sleeves are soaked …. and I’m indoors …
I’m out of towels, Bobfr. Thank you for all you do. You are a treasure. Your tweets are priceless. Your strength is awe inspiring. My humblest thanks.
For the Twitter brigade: You can also follow this account for live tweets
Cool. Thanks hf!
Thank you hf!
Watching Desmond Tutu – overwhelmed ….
Same here. Can’t see anymore. Glad I can touch type.
May this be “One Moment In Time” (wishing you sweet rest Whitney) for All Peoples across the world.
@allafrica #MandelaMemorial Interfaith prayers – Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein of the Jewish community begins— allAfrica.com (@allafrica) December 10, 2013
Quick shot of the Beast as the 'cade began to roll to the Mandela Memorial. People outside the hotel cheered. http://t.co/joAcCIHIkB— Shawna Thomas (@ShawnaNBCNews) December 10, 2013
This is what’s getting under folks like Andrea Mitchell’s feather. Our POTUS is loved – they can’t get around that, not even with their nastiness!
Today, we rise above :-).
Well-said, CTGirl. Very well-said!
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