President Barack Obama made the trip to South Africa to appear at the National Memorial for Nelson Mandela. Check out his speech for Madiba inside...
Along with First Lady Michelle Obama, The Bushes and The Clintons, President Obama hopped on Air Force 1 last night to make a moving speech at Mandela's National Memorial service in South Africa today. Citizens and leaders from around the world gathered outside of Johannesburg at FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City to remember the greatness of South Africa's first black President. Obama spoke about how Mandela makes him wants to be a better man saying:
We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa and the young people around the world -- you, too, can make his life’s work your own. Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Nelson Mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me.
It woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be a better man. He speaks to what’s best inside us.
Check out the video below. Kirk Franklin performs at the 15 minute mark. And President Obama makes his entrance at the 20 minute mark.