Obama: We Won’t Likely See the Like of Him Again
Published:6 Dec, 2013
Nelson Mandela now “belongs to the ages,” President Barack Obama said last night in mourning the late South African leader and icon.
“We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” he said as he talked about how the political powerhouse inspired him.
“He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,” Obama said in brief remarks at the White House.
“We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela ever again,” the president said. “So it falls to us, as best we can, to carry forward the example that he set.”
Obama paid tribute to Mandela shortly after the South African government announced the former president’s passing at the age of 95. Obama paid tribute to Mandela in personal terms, noting that his first political action was a protest of South Africa’s apartheid policies.
“I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” Obama said. “Like so many around the globe, I cannot imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.”
He added: “So long as I live, I will do whatever I can to learn from him.”