President Obama’s Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

gss-130610-nelson-mandela-standard-02_grid-5x2President Obama delivered a statement a short time ago on the passing of Nelson Mandala. In his statement Obama said Mandala 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,” the President said. “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.”

President Obama also noted, “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.” And Obama added: “So long as I live, I will do whatever I can to learn from him.”

Nelson Mandala, Obama said, “achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today, he has gone home. And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages.”

Read Obama’s full remarks or watch the video here:

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