Obama Compares Nelson Mandela to George Washington
Although President Obama will not get a chance to see Nelson Mandela on his trip to South Africa, he is using his historic visit to pay tribute to the man he calls a hero to the world and will meet today with the Mandela family.
At a joint press conference with South African President Jacob Zuma this morning, President Obama spoke extensively about Mandela's legacy.
"Our thoughts and those of Americans and people all around the world are with Nelson Mandela and his family and all of South Africans," Obama said. "The struggle here for freedom, Madiba's moral courage, this country's historic transition to a free nation has been a personal inspiration to me, an inspiration to the world, and it continues to be."...
Actually, if any South African leader could be compared to Washington, it was F. W. de Klerk As far as anyone can tell Mandela would probably would have preferred a Black dictatorship a la Zimbabwe. Mandela should be congratulated for not caving into any the dictatorial desires of the ANC. The ANC and Mandela got most of what they wanted anyway.