Barack Obama Honors Nelson Mandela After Death Of Human Rights Icon
President Barack Obama is speaking out about the death of human rights icon Nelson Mandela, who passed away in his home today at the age of 95. Although the South African leader had remained largely out of the public eye for the last few years due to his failing health, his passing was a huge blow to people worldwide.
Obama spoke only briefly about Mandela, but said he was inspired by him growing up and had done the same for countless people worldwide. “He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages. “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela ever again,” the president said. “So it falls to us, as best we can, to carry forward the example that he set. “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life. Like so many around the globe, I cannot imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. So long as I live, I will do whatever I can to learn from him.”
Obama visited South Africa earlier this year and toured the prison cell where Mandela had been imprisoned for decades. He also hoped to have a personal meeting with him, but was not able to because of Mandela’s health issues.
The South African leader retreated from public life 10 years ago in order to spend more time with his family and children. He had made several trips to the hospital in the last few years and spent three months in an emergency care unit earlier this year in the city of Pretoria, where he recovered from a lung infection.