President Obama Pays Tribute To Nelson Mandela


President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg




President Barack Obama pays his respect to former South African President Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel




145 Responses to “President Obama Pays Tribute To Nelson Mandela”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    December 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

    A wonderful tribute PBO gave

    • 2 hopefruit2
      December 10, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Indeed donna. When you think he couldn’t top his previous, he comes out and proves you wrong. I just have to savor this Presidency because I know I won’t see another one like it my lifetime.

  2. 5 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 7:13 am

    So immensely proud of our President!

  3. December 10, 2013 at 7:15 am

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      December 10, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Thank you, meta. I really need to read the transcript, as well.

    • 9 Bill R.
      December 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Wondrous and inspiring speech. At age 65 I am, more than ever moved by injustice to want to make a better world before I leave it.

      • 10 Judith Fardig
        December 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        Wish our MSM could open their eyes and ears to appreciate what we and the rest of the world can see in our President.

  4. 11 Allison
    December 10, 2013 at 7:15 am

    A fabulous tribute. Well done Mr. President. We LOVE you!

  5. 12 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2013 at 7:18 am

    For those who missed it.

  6. 13 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Yes, the crowd was tuned in to PBO, and responding to his words. They were not a distraction in this case.

  7. 14 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Amazing speech I loved it. However, unfortunately our media is stuck on “the handshake” I’m like seriously. Get over yourself.

    • 15 hopefruit2
      December 10, 2013 at 7:33 am

      The US media is becoming largely irrelevant. I basically told Mark Knoller as much – he started trotting out some garbage polling about PBO’s disapproval on the economy. US media is Republican garbagespeak, and should be treated as such.

  8. December 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Just amazing!

  9. 19 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

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  11. 21 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2013 at 7:21 am

  12. 22 LDS
    December 10, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Our President TOOK TOOK IT THERE!
    I will not be able to sleep until I hear the whole thing again.
    Thank you guys. I tried to watch all of the stupid MSM channels and they were business as usual. So sick of them….
    God bless you all. Thank you , Ms. Chips.

    • 23 HZ
      December 10, 2013 at 7:41 am

      ((((((((((((((((( You made it though this very emotional moment with all of us together , LDS.)))))))))))))))))) Get some rest my dear one.HZ

  13. 24 donna dem 4 obama
    December 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Good Morning TOD. Looks like I’ll get a “snow day” here in DC.

    • 25 hopefruit2
      December 10, 2013 at 7:34 am

      I’m get to work from home today because of the snow. I’m not complaining!

      • 26 vcprezofan2
        December 10, 2013 at 7:41 am

        I’m ‘working’ from home with you, Hopef. 😉 In fact I started to ‘work’ at 4am, so that’s probably why I wasn’t feeling well enough to go in when the phone rang.

        • 27 hopefruit2
          December 10, 2013 at 7:48 am

          Heh..I actually HAVE to work..as much as I’d like to just hang out under the covers for the rest of the day 🙂 LOL! But I’m VERY thankful I don’t have to brave the outdoors, or get dressed, etc.. 🙂 Plus I can TOD while I work!

          • 28 vcprezofan2
            December 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

            ‘Hang out under the covers’ How did you know? 😉

            I am thankful that you don’t have to brave the outdoors today either. The gods conspired to have you DC residents here – I 😀

  14. 29 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

  15. 33 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2013 at 7:25 am

  16. 34 Allison
    December 10, 2013 at 7:25 am

  17. 35 Vicki
    December 10, 2013 at 7:26 am

    President Obama is so loved. I watched on BBC and the volume of the crowd responding, what they were expressing towards our President (possibly combined with my get-out-of-bed at 4:30 fatigue) just did me in. My heart is lifted and the waste basket filled with damp tissues.
    Now for some coffee.

  18. 36 Lovepolitics2008
    December 10, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Pretty interesting that President Obama shook the hand of President Castro of Cuba. It was symbolic, and perfectly suited for this day.

    Of course, we have to accept that this means the MSM won’t talk about his speech. The handshake is ALL they will talk about.

    By the way, wasn’t the president of Iran supposed to be there ? I didn’t see him. Anyone?

    • 37 Dudette
      December 10, 2013 at 7:38 am

      I thought they said Rouhani was coming. I didn’t see him and don’t recall them announcing him.

      • 38 africa
        December 10, 2013 at 7:42 am

        I don’t think he was there. And some of our clairvoyant pundits were saying that they were going to be trying to sit Raul Castro as far away from PBO as possible, but I see a picture of them shaking hands. Nothing like our shallow brooks in the MSM.

  19. 39 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2013 at 7:30 am

    O dear, that announcer might as well give up.

    • 40 99ts
      December 10, 2013 at 7:34 am

      I love him – he loves the people – and the latter don’t seem to be too interested in the speeches – they just want to party. I am imagining in different parts of the world – and in South Africa 30 years ago – hundreds of police would take them out of the stadium (dead or alive) – but today – they are celebrating their freedom.

      On the other hand – given the mood of the people – everyone is talking for too long – they should just go with the reality.

  20. 44 africa
    December 10, 2013 at 7:39 am

    What a tribute!

    • 45 Lovepolitics2008
      December 10, 2013 at 7:48 am

      President Obama is the one who captured best the character or Mr. Mandela and the profound nature of his politics and his philosophy.


  21. 46 Linda
    December 10, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I just e-mail Chris Cuomo and told him to STOP trying to start Handshake-gate !

  22. 51 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2013 at 7:40 am

    • 52 HZ
      December 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Amen, Amen, and Amen. HZ

    • 54 99ts
      December 10, 2013 at 8:42 am

      PBO is a true orator – many world leaders are not – but they all had heartfelt thanks for living in the time of Mandela. Those who are not great speech makers lose what they do have to say by drawing out their speech way beyond interest – and in this case the crowd simply did other things than listen – dancing and singing – wish I could have done that during some college lectures!

    • 55 Nena20409
      December 10, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Ain’t NOTHING like the Real THING Baby? Hmm?

      They Can’t TOUCH That.

    • December 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Outstanding and remarkable speech from President Obama of USA. It was very noteworthy that every sentence in his speech was meant to honor late Madiba but also to have a great impact on every single person and the current situation globally and to address the most burning issues in the world. He left us all with the sense of responsibility to own up and to be part to change the world for the better. What an extraordinary leader, reaching out to every one beyond borders. I am very proud of him.

    • December 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Tells you all you need, ignorant msm.

  23. December 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Morning everyone! Thank yoooooou so much UT for updating the posts, you are THE best!

  24. 63 JER
    December 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

  25. 65 Dudette
    December 10, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Really want to hear President Zuma, but I gotta go. I’m so grateful to have shared this great moment in history with you all! Thank you!

    See you later!

  26. 66 HZ
    December 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Good Morning, our beautiful Chips. Your beautiful and brilliant running of this beautiful haven is such a loving and respectful work from your hands daily. Thanks to all that you give us daily, Chips. And thank for all of your faithful contributors. I love and appreciate you all so much. You life my heart daily. (((((((((TY, TY, TY, my Chips))))))))))HZ

  27. 67 Allison
    December 10, 2013 at 7:53 am

    • 68 Nena20409
      December 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Fantastic. Podesta tells it like it is. No more unforeseen surprises that might cause unnecessary harm. Good to hear this is true.

  28. 69 Allison
    December 10, 2013 at 7:54 am


  29. 70 JER
    December 10, 2013 at 7:54 am

  30. 72 africa
    December 10, 2013 at 7:55 am

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  32. 74 Vicki
    December 10, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I wonder if there is a photo of the Bushes and Clintons during PBO’s speech. The BBC showed them stonefaced as the stadium was erupting in cheers for their successor.

  33. 80 sherijr
    December 10, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I’m embarrassed to say I don”t know who this speaker is- he’s very moving.. his words. Please inform me who this is TOD.

  34. 81 Lovepolitics2008
    December 10, 2013 at 8:05 am

    The president of South Africa.

  35. 83 LDS
    December 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

    PBO: “He changed laws, but he also changed hearts.”

    I will never forget those words as long as I live.
    Our President expressed in words what has been in my heart ever since Mandiba was set free from prison up until today. Most of the questions that I would have like to ask him if I had the honor of meeting him. The most important question of all, how did he channel and discipline his anger?
    I need some help on that. I almost threw a cup at the TV while MSM stations were doing regular weather shows. I just will never give them another opportunity to insult my intelligence. Too much at stake…..namely, my BP.
    Good night to some. Good morning to the rest. Good day at work to most.

  36. 84 WilTal
    December 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Hello everyone,

    What a momentous day!

    What an amazing speech by our beloved President (what a man, what a man). You too Mr. President will be “a giant of history.”

    PBO spoke to hearts of SA, “your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy. Certainly he shared with millions of black and colored South Africans the anger born of, a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments…a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people.”

    And, to those leaders who are not listening to the voice of their people – “There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.

    • 85 jacquelineoboomer
      December 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Our President’s “thousand indignities” remark really hit me. I recalled Nelson Mandela’s quote that no person or organization could strip him of his dignity (although they tried).

  37. 86 desertflower
    December 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Was just listening to PBO eulogy. Powerful and dynamic. One for the ages. To VIcki’s comment regarding the look of GWB and Clinton….on the video that was posted, they panned the audience and GWB had his arms crossed in front of him (closed body language) and that scowl on his face. So typical. I didn’t notice Clinton…too busy being pissed at George the ignoramus.
    Morning everyone.

  38. 87 africa
    December 10, 2013 at 8:13 am

  39. 90 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2013 at 8:16 am

    • 91 Vicki
      December 10, 2013 at 8:22 am

      True. BBC caught that

    • 92 dotster3
      December 10, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Not very Mandela—ish.

      • 93 hopefruit2
        December 10, 2013 at 8:27 am

        GWB’s nasty facial expression and folded arms during PBO’s speech were not very Mandela-ish either. I will further add that the US Media’s ridiculous reaction to PBO’s shaking hands with Castro were not very Mandela-ish. Particularly when just a few hrs ago, the SAME US media was braying about how Mandela was about forgiveness, tolerance and reconciliation.

      • December 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

        I kind of agree with you, dotster3. It was a bit rude to boo any of the leaders that attended Madiba’s memorial. But since it happened, I’ll just acknowledge that people around the world don’t necessarily care for President Bush, especially given his initiation of the unfair war in Iraq. Booing is a small price for him to pay. Cheney probably can’t even leave the US for fear of being arrested and tried for war crimes.

        • December 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

          I agree with dotster as well. I think we are in a small camp. Time and place for everything. I also didn’t agree with the booing of him at PBO’s 1st inauguration. We must remember that should a rethug win in 2016, the same thing will be done to PBO on his way out. Loudly I might add. Also didn’t agree with the booing of Pres. Zuma. It was Mandela’s day, it should have honored him only.

    • 96 Nena20409
      December 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

      GM TODable TODers 🙂


      The Crowd wear screaming Boooosh 😉 ❓

    • 98 Obama Grandmama
      December 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      I still remember at the 2009 Inauguration for PBO there was a huge boo noise for Dick Cheney when he came on the monitor rolling out in his wheelchair. It was so loud it resembled a canon sound. Upon returning home I watched the Inauguration I had Tivoed. When watching it at home I noticed the boos had been filtered out and no mention had been made about it. That was amazing to me that the media could influence how the tv audience would perceive the event that greatly.
      At this event our news was feeding off the SA filming so could not change the live feeds. It will be interesting if the reception of our President will be altered or skipped when reshowing clips here.

  40. 99 dotster3
    December 10, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Perfect response to the seeming singular focus on The Handshake:

  41. 102 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2013 at 8:27 am

  42. December 10, 2013 at 8:27 am

    USA President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama draw cheers by South Africans in attendance of #MandelaMemorial when they were shown on big screen. Zuma booed by crowd was also captured in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDe8NTj6VLA

    • 105 Nena20409
      December 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

      My Sweet ❗ Comments went the wrong place 😉

      Wow ❗

      Awesome ❗

    • December 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Wow! They love our President almost as much as we do!
      Would’ve loved to see the look on funky Ted Cruz’s face when that roar went up. 😀

      That wasn’t Zuma speaking there. That was Cyril Ramaphosa, Master of Ceremonies (Deputy Presiden of ANC).
      Lots of talk of him becoming President of the country someday.

      • 107 Dudette
        December 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        Oh, I had not watched to the end. That was Zuma they booed when they saw him on camera. Wow, that’s kinda messed up.

  43. 108 desertflower
    December 10, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I did wonder what that meant. Now I know.

    K Smith ‏@Smith83K 1h
    Word of the day: “UBUNTU”: I am, because you are. ~ #NelsonMandela as spoken by Pres Obama at #MandelaMemorial #libcrib
    Retweeted by LOLGOP
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

  44. 109 dotster3
    December 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I know I’m not the only one who has noticed this fact :), but PBO, in every appearance, every speech, is always teaching. He is on a whole other level, way beyond other mere leaders. And what we see, so does everyone; thus, the harsh reaction, hate of his political opponents/enemies.

  45. 111 Linda
    December 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I saw Huma Adedin with Hillary

    • 113 jacquelineoboomer
      December 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thanks for that nice neat package, to save for later, since it’s first thing in the morning and I barely have my wits about me. Going to read back to see who managed to stay up or get up in time to watch it all, as it happened, which would have been my first preference.

    • 116 HZ
      December 10, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Precious Desmond Tutu did my teacher loving whisper to the students. He told them that he wanted to hear a pin drop. Discipline. A moment indeed.HZ

  46. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    December 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Missed the live speech, but here I am in the middle of watching my recording. LOVE President Obama, who walks and will always walk among the giants of history as “one of” those giants. So fitting to have this son of Africa speak at this tribute for his fellow son of Africa. I cry not just thinking of the beautiful spirit of Nelson Mandela, but because we are lucky enough to have a man like President Obama with his beautiful spirit be the leader of our own country. We all need to work even harder to deserve the latter, although I’m thinking God must have known how much we needed him and sent him our way – whether we “deserved” him or not!

    Both Obama and Mandela make us ALL want to be better men and women as we carry out our own roles in life. We are the “captains of our souls,” too. I guess we have to all just keep plodding through, keeping the faith and hanging onto the hope they inspire in us. God bless them.

    • 119 vcprezofan2
      December 10, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Missed you earlier, JO’B. This is the only time I truly like technology – when I can see something meaningful that I missed. So how many times have you watched PBO’s speech so far?

  47. 123 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Oooh…we got Chris Cuomo on the defensive.

  48. 128 mtmarilyn
    December 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I lost all service when people started to speak. My TV, internet and phone all lost so I had to go to sleep. I knew it would be up. Just sorry I missed it with my TOD family. All services back on now. Must have been weather related. Now to take the dogs out.

    I know our wonderful POTUS would rise above all others.

  49. 129 Linda
    December 10, 2013 at 9:05 am


    ” Obama-Castro handshake draws attention ”

    ( only by you CNN, only by you )

    • 130 jacquelineoboomer
      December 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Worse than CNN was that after I watched my recording of the President’s remarks, I left the TV muted but still had on the recording and caught a glimpse of Joe Scar and Mika and Chuck Todd and Harold Ford (people I haven’t seen in forever) first thing in the morning … and had to put off breakfast for a bit.

      • 131 dotster3
        December 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

        I flipped on the TV the first thing, hoping I was in time for PBO—-I was—–but the first thing I saw was Joe Scar saying how much he admired and respected Dick Cheney!!! He said, “Thank God he was there after 9/11.” Well, that stopped everyone in their tracks—Rev. Al and Ford and Meeeeeeka just froze in bewilderment. It took a while for them to recover and there was some mild rebuttal, details of which I cannot recall because I also couldn’t believe the new level of idiocy from Morning Jerk. He is really an uninformed, unenlightened partisan dummy.

    • 133 dotster3
      December 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

      and all of twitter——‘there’s gotta be some controversy here somewhere that we can concentrate on’ said entire U.S. media.

  50. 134 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Time to actually get out of bed and go fuel the body! BBL for the TOD post-memorial highlights, or for regular programming. 😉

  51. 135 pkayden
    December 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Thanks to Chipsticks and TOD for this wonderful forum. I know to stop by whenever something exciting/momentous happens for the excellent coverage. Just wonderful! Watched the entire Mandela memorial — was in tears by the end. Was great to see so many world leaders gathered in one place to honor President Mandela’s passing. And especially loved the speeches by the Indian Prime Minister, Raoul Castro and of course President Obama.

  52. 136 jackiegrumbacher
    December 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

    UT, I want to say how magnificent your coverage of this whole event has been. Having succumbed to sleep last night, I missed everything, but woke this morning to your thorough review–the video of the speech, plus your perfect summaries. This was a great occasion and you rose to it and I can’t thank you enough. The world knows and admires the president we see and love. What the insular, narrow-minded and bought US media says or does is irrelevant. They are useless time consumers and not worth our bother, except as an impetus to make sure we let as many people as possible know the truth.

  53. 138 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    CSPAN2 & SABC are both rerunning PBO’s speech!

  54. 139 jacquelineoboomer
    December 10, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Oh, good, it’s 12 degrees F here, but will rise and then fall to a whopping 16 tonight!

  55. 140 donna dem 4 obama
    December 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

  56. 141 mtmarilyn
    December 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I want to thank UT for doing such a great job of guiding everyone thru the service for all of us. You are so amazing in your dedication to our President and to this TOD family. You and Chips save us from the mindless msm. Thank you Thank you Thank you. I lost service in the middle to having to wait till this morning to listen to the Presidents eulogy. Now off to a busy day.

    Thanks again to all of you who watched live. Tonight I will go back and really find out what all went on. You all are the best.

  57. 143 anniebella
    December 10, 2013 at 9:56 am

    What time will POTUS and FLOTUS be heading back to the White House?

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