Obama slams politicians for 'utter loss of shame'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 18, 2018

In what was perhaps another allusion to Trump, he criticized leaders who "just make stuff up.when they're caught in a lie and they just double down".

Obama argued that progressives need to push back against those trends by emphasizing more inclusive opportunity and global cooperation.

"Given the unusual and uncertain times we are in - and they are odd, and they are uncertain - each day's news cycles bringing more head spinning and disturbing headlines", Obama said.

"To mark this milestone, SAA has introduced special initiatives to honour Madiba, in keeping with the worldwide centenary campaign by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SA Tourism, and to celebrate what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday", SAA said. "But to say that our vision for the future is better is not to say that it will inevitably win".

"How should we respond?"

"I am fortunate to have had unprecedented access to events with Madiba after his release from prison, and to record historic events for posterity through the production of these films which remind us of Madiba's legacy and his selfless leadership". From the Berlin Wall coming down?

Obama spoke to a crowd of more than 10,000 people at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg in the centrepiece event of celebrations 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth. "The denial of facts runs counter to democracy".

His comments are seen as thinly veiled criticism of the current U.S. administration's use of what has been described as "alternative facts". This year's theme is titled "Renewing the Mandela Legacy & Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World", more than 4,000 people are expected to attend. "I'm simply stating the facts".

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Obama has often spoken of how much Mandela, a liberal leader with activist roots, influenced him.

Obama, who also visited Kenya this week, also praised South Africa's current president, Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he had instilled "new hope" among South Africans. But in doing so they were able to elevate the rights and ambitions of the disenfranchised and the weak.

"Let's not pretend America, by the way, hasn't had a history of making convenient alliances with unsavory strongmen", Ingraham said, alluding to Trump's summit with Russia President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

"He led us from the wilderness of conflict and oppression into the land of promise, of freedom, democracy and equality", Ramaphosa said.

"Racial discrimination still exists in the United States and South Africa".

Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95.

Obama reflected on times of the past when powers of the world viewed certain nations, certain races and certain groups as "apparently superior and violence and corruption was the primarily basis for governments", when "the strong unnecessarily exploited the weak, wealth was determined primarily by conquest. women were subordinate to men, and privilege and status was bound by color".

Nelson Mandela was released on 11 February 1990, he became the first President of a democratic South Africa, was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace, but never ceased striving to attain the goals of justice and equality he had set out nearly four decades earlier.

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