December 6th, 2013
05:39 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama says he tried to answer Mandela's 'call'

Washington (CNN) – In 1980, Nelson Mandela was sitting in a South African prison cell, serving a life sentence.

On the other side of the world, a young college student named Barack Obama was riveted by the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and the brewing crusade to free the renowned activist.

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Filed under: Nelson Mandela • President Obama • South Africa
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  1. anonymous

    Unfortunately, Obama is no Mandela, not even close, not in the same universe. Obama may idolize him, but he certainly has not learned a single thing from him. Mandela never lied to his countrymen and he most certainly never went off on endless politcal attacks on anybody that held a different view. Mandela was a great uniter, Obama the great divider. 100% true.

    December 6, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. ladies first

    I think mandela is a great example to all of us for outstanding FORGIVENESS & should be in the hall of fame!

    December 6, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Richard Long

    Obama = Legend in his own mind

    December 6, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. ED1

    Did he ask you to step down too.

    December 6, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. luke,az

    You're doing quite well Mr. President. The right man at the right time.

    December 7, 2013 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  6. Thomas

    @anonymous
    Unfortunately, Obama is no Mandela, not even close, not in the same universe. Obama may idolize him, but he certainly has not learned a single thing from him. Mandela never lied to his countrymen and he most certainly never went off on endless politcal attacks on anybody that held a different view. Mandela was a great uniter, Obama the great divider. 100% true.
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    100% lies

    You have no understanding of truth !

    December 7, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |