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Posted on 06/29/2013 11:14:14 AM PDT by Steelfish
Obama Compares Nelson Mandela To George Washington
By JONATHAN KARL PRETORIA, South Africa , June 29, 2013 Although President Obama will not get a chance to see Nelson Mandela on his trip to South Africa, he is using his historic visit to pay tribute to the man he calls a hero to the world and will meet today with the Mandela family.
At a joint press conference with South African President Jacob Zuma this morning, President Obama spoke extensively about Mandela's legacy.
"Our thoughts and those of Americans and people all around the world are with Nelson Mandela and his family and all of South Africans," Obama said. "The struggle here for freedom, Madiba's moral courage, this country's historic transition to a free nation has been a personal inspiration to me, an inspiration to the world, and it continues to be."
"Mandela shows what was possible when a priority is placed on human dignity, respect for law, that all people are treated equally," Obama said.
"And what Nelson Mandela also stood for is that the well-being of the country is more important than the interests of any one person," Obama continued. "George Washington is admired because after two terms he said enough, I'm going back to being a citizen. There were no term limits, but he said I'm a citizen. I served my time. And it's time for the next person, because that's what democracy is about. And Mandela similarly was able to recognize that, despite how revered he was, that part of this transition process was greater than one person."
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Doesn't work for me.
I always though of Steve Garvey as the father of this country
More importantly I compare Obama to Hitler.
That’s like comparing myself to a professional athlete, or Stevie Ray Vaughan. It doesn’t hold any water at all.
The Kenyan Pretender must have a low opinion of Mandela.
Maybe if Washington was a communist terrorists.
On the other hand, I compare Obama to Benedict Arnold.
O’ come on...we all know Martha used to “necklace” her enemies....
“And what Nelson Mandela also stood for is that the well-being of the country is more important than the interests of any one person.” ~ 0bama
If only our OWN _Resident felt this way!!
There is one respect in which Mandela bucked the African trend and emulated Washington: he relinquished power.
POTUS is an extraordinary idiot. Of course, that is not his fault, it is the fault of his upbringing and the people who elected him POTUS - twice.
Obama is a fool.
Wait. I’m confused. I thought the Left hated Washington because he owned slaves and was a white guy.
Today’s current liberal history writers will probably say she did.
Fidel Castro is more like it.
My mother, who had the most liberal voting record I ever saw, said that it was a shame what was going to happen to South Africa (this was the 1980’s). She knew what would happen under a Black majority government.
Back in that day, they used wagon wheels as the rubber tire had not yet been invented.
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