Nelson Manela, the first black president of South Africa, joined with former president F. W. de Klerk to end the despicable practice of Apartheid. It was a remarkable achievement by a man who spent 27 years in prison for his cause. He refused many opportunities to be released because the conditions were unacceptable.
It wasn’t until negotiations with de Klerk, that he agreed to be freed. He served one term as president 1994 to 1999 and spent the last twenty years of his life as a revered statesman.
His communist policies did not lead the nation to economic greatness but Nelson Mandela the man was a great man.
He is esteemed in South Africa and he has won that respect. He is considered the Father of the free South Africa. He made sacrifices for his people that few would have and have made in history. He was willing to die for his country. He never sought revenge against the whites who suppressed his people, he sought reconciliation instead. For this and for his love of the South African people, he will long be remembered in history.
President Obama said in his speech yesterday that he used Mandela as his guide for thirty years. One might wince a bit at that because Nelson Mandela was a communist but what is worse is that Obama made Mandela’s death about Obama.
President Obama devoted one paragraph of his short speech memorializing Mandela to himself yesterday, when he said this:
I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life. My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid. I studied his words and his writings. The day that he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they’re guided by their hopes and not by their fears. And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him.
The first thing Obama ever did politically was inspired by Nelson Mandela – he organized a a protest against apartheid. Don’t get me wrong, that’s terrific, but why does everything always have to include him? He goes on to say he ‘cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.’ With that sentence, he made himself one with Mandela’s achievements, elevating his achievements to those of Mandela’s.
What did Obama do next? He did the same thing he did to honor Rosa Parks, he sent out a photo of himself. With Rosa Parks, he was pictured alone on a bus, looking out the window, sadly nostalgic, just him and his professional photography crew and secret service.
Yesterday, Barack Hussein sent out a photo of himself in Nelson Mandela’s jail cell [with a quote from himself naturally.] With all the quotes he could have used from Nelson Mandela, he chose one of his own.
The Daily Beast posted 18 inspiring quotes from Nelson Mandela. Why couldn’t he have chosen one of those?
How about this:
“Great anger and violence can never build a nation. We are striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, emerge as victors.” (Speech to European Parliament, 1990)
“We are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of colour.” (March 8, 1993)
How about this picture instead of the one of Obama:
Or this one:
What Obama and Mandela do have in common is that they are both communists. What they don’t have in common is Nelson Mandela’s selflessness.
Politico, the armpit media of the White House, wrote a piece glorifying Obamadela, titled, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela: Inspiration from afar…’
From Politico: ‘The two met just once, and briefly…but did produce a well-known photo of Obama leaning over a seated Mandela, holding his hand, one in the shadow, one in the light.’ [of course it produced a photo]
‘Most of Obama’s inspiration happened from afar.’ [actually, all of it]
‘But Obama’s election coincided with the decline in Mandela’s health, and the two men were never able to build the kind of relationship they both might have hoped for.’ [a bit presumptuous, especially since Mandela didn’t see him when he was ill and Obama attempted to visit with him while in South Africa.]
The Politico article continues along in much the same vein. I will say that if Obama was inspired at all by Mandela, it was from his political beliefs in communism and social justice.