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Former President Obama speaks at the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth

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Former President Obama in South Africa

Former President Barack Obama spoke at the centennial celebration in Johannesburg, South Africa, of Nelson Mandela’s birth by denouncing President Donald Trump without mentioning his name.

A day after Trump met in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Obama criticized strongmen politics.

“The politics of fear, resentment is on the move at a pace unimaginable just few years ago,” Obama told thousands at Wanderers Stadium.  The audience gave him a standing ovation. He added the free press and other values are under threat. Obama noted that there is a loss of shame when political leaders are caught in lies and they double down and lie some more.

Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, was elected to office in 1994. He was born July 18, 1918. He was 95 when he died in 2013.

 

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