Barack Obama Delivers Nelson Mandela 100th Anniversary Speech

Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote speech in honor of the late Nelson Mandela 100th birthday anniversary.

Amongst the estimated 17,000 people gathered at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 were Nelson Mandela's widow, Grace Machel and South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphos.

In his speech, President Obama said:

“The politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment began to appear. And that kind of politics is now on the move. It's on the move at a pace that would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago."

The former president also added:

"I am not being alarmist, I'm simply stating the facts. Look around — strongman politics are ascendant, suddenly, whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are (maintaining) the form of it, where those in powers seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning."

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was born on July 18, 1918, in Mvezo, South Africa and died on December 5, 2013.

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