Saturday, December 7, 2013

Illustration by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday, December 7, 2013

Nelson Mandela ‘belongs to the ages’, says Barack Obama
US president Barack Obama pays tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95

Counting himself among the millions influenced by Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama on Thursday mourned the death of the anti-apartheid icon with whom he shares the distinction of being his nation’s first black president.

“He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages,” Obama said in a somber appearance at the White House.

“I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” he continued. “And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.”

Mandela died earlier Thursday at 95. He had spent much of the year in and out of the hospital, and his illness prevented a meeting with Obama when the U.S. president visited South Africa this summer. (Source: Daily Telegraph)