Obama: Mandela 'Belongs to the Ages'
President says Mandela's example made his own life possible
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2013 5:02 PM CST
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(Newser) – President Obama today paid homage to Nelson Mandela shortly after the former South African leader's death was announced, reports Politico and AP. "He no longer belongs to us," said Obama. "He belongs to the ages." Some other highlights:

  • Mandela was “a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”
  • “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again—so it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love, to never discount the difference that one person can make, to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice."
  • “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. So long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him.”

Other tributes:

  • Music: Billboard rounds up 10 musical salutes to Mandela, from Bono to Public Enemy.
  • Jimmy Carter: "His passion for freedom and justice created new hope for generations of oppressed people worldwide, and because of him, South Africa is today one of the world's leading democracies."
  • Tony Blair: "Through his dignity, grace, and the quality of his forgiveness, he made racism everywhere not just immoral but stupid."
  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon: "Only because of such a great man like Nelson Mandela is it possible that particular people in Africa and elsewhere are able to enjoy freedom and human dignity."

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Dec 6, 2013 4:09 PM CST
Reading some of the right-wing vitriol here, it's almost hard to believe the Republicans can't get minorities to vote for them.
Dec 6, 2013 4:45 AM CST
Mandela was “a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.” Obama says. When we eulogize Obama, we will just have to say this... Obama was "a man who took history in his hands and bent the American people over, taking an arc of immoral and unjust actions, cramming them right up their asses." When will Obama do anything in the position he was elected for?
Dec 6, 2013 1:28 AM CST
I had thought I has seen all the right wing had in terms of racism but this event eclipses all before it. Just go to the yahoo news site or any poorly moderated news site and witness the gallons and gallons of insane hate these sub-humans are vomiting. It is beyond belief. If any bagger ever dares to call a normal person a racist just remind them now and for decades to come how they all reacted to Mandela's death.