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Nelson Mandela Hails Barack Obama

Barack Obama received a letter just hours before he took the oath of office. It was from a man who also had experienced racial prejudice but endured in order to bring his nation together in a new birth of comradeship and hope for a unified society. Nelson Mandela told the new president: “We are in some ways reminded today of the excitement and enthusiasm in our own country at the time of our transition to democracy. People, not only in our own country but around the world were inspired to believe that through common human effort injustice can be overcome and that together a better world can be achieved. You, Mister President, have brought a new voice of hope that these problems can be addressed and that we can in fact change the world and make of it a better place.”

In his closing words to the young president, a man who suffered so much but never lost his hope in the dignity of humanity. “You will always be in our affection as a young man who dared to dream and to pursue that dream. We wish you well.”

To be praised by Nelson Mandela is to receive an accolade from a man who stands above most world leaders in respect for the goal of peace and justice.

Nelson Mandela Hails Obama Victory

Nelson Mandela is among those who have walked in the footsteps of Barack Obama and understand the importance of breaking the chains of hatred in a society. He reached out not just to Barack Obama but to the American people with a message of hope. “Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place. We note and applaud your commitment to supporting the cause of peace and security around the world and that you will also make it the mission of your presidency to combat the scourge of poverty and disease everywhere. We are sure you will ultimately achieve your dream of making the United States of America a full partner in a community of nations committed to peace and prosperity for all.”

Other leaders of South Africa echoed the words of a man who did more than most in demonstrating how those who have suffered can attain power with love in their hearts.