Watch President Obama’s remarks today at a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. You can read his full remarks here.
Live coverage from the BBC of the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Soweto
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There aren’t a lot of words that can adequately sum up the life and death of Nelson Mandela, a man who changed the face of the world, but this is my small contribution. Nelson Mandela is an inspiration to all, no matter their background, age, or situation, a man who fought tirelessly for equality and used his whole life to better the lives of others. He was a truly inspirational, courageous and selfless man, the likes of whom we will likely never see again in our lifetime.
I hope that people will choose to remember this day in the same way as Nelson Mandela lived his life – bringing light to others. I would like to see people celebrating the fact that a man like Nelson Mandela lived, he was in many respects a miracle. A man who cared less about his own safety than he did about the well-being of others; who conquered any fear he had and instead of giving in, became president of a country which had formerly incarcerated him.
In a world where people are quick to criticize each other and multiple wars break out every decade, it is the biggest achievement to say at the end of your life that you made an impact and changed the world for the better. Nelson Mandela fought for many causes over his life, ranging from equal rights in South Africa to better treatment for HIV sufferers, regardless of whether the causes personally affected him – he was a man filled to the brim with compassion, empathy, and a desire to help others.
There are not a lot of presidents who were as well-loved as Mandela; there are not a lot of presidents who have become president after having been imprisoned in their own country, and perhaps there is a link there. Yesterday, we lost a man who loved his country so purely that he refused to give up even when the odds were stacked against him. A man who worked and worked until he got to a position where he was able to not only “help” others, but to change their lives.
Although future generations will not have the privilege of living in a world with Nelson Mandela and will perhaps not realise the true difference that he made to people’s lives, they will always have the privilege of being able to hear his inspirational words and hopefully in that way Nelson Mandela will continue to inspire people even after his passing.
Rest in peace, Mr Mandela.