It's bullshit, of course, but, unfortunately, I'm pretty sure Obama can't run again, unless, say, Trump convinces Congress to overturn term limit laws because he wants to rule for life, Obama runs (and wins) again, and someday we'll all look back on this period as a really awful fever dream that once struck America. "Look around - strongman politics are ascendant, suddenly, whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained, the form of it, where those in powers seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning".
Mr. Obama said there are "two different stories, two different narratives" that are battling for the "hearts and minds" of the world.
"(He) shows those of us who believe in freedom and democracy we are going to have to fight harder".
"It should make us hopeful‚ but if we can't deny the real strides our world has made since that moment when Madiba took steps out of confinement‚ we have to recognise ways in which the global order has fallen short of its promises". If you start (by) saying it is an elaborate hoax. where do we start? From the Berlin Wall coming down?
In celebration of former president Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday South African Airaways (SAA) has announced they had branded three aircraft in its fleet with a special logo to honour the former president and liberation icon.
"Let me tell you what I believe".
"I believe in Nelson Mandela's vision, I believe in a vision shared by Ghandi and King and Abraham Lincoln, I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy based on a premise that all people are created equal".
Prior to delivering his emotive hour-and-a-half speech at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, Obama made few public appearances since he left the White House in 2017.
It was an implicit rebuke of President Trump's "America First" policies, delivered at a moment when Trump was scolding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for what he saw as inadequate defense spending - something Trump did again last week. "I think he'll speak about how Mandela changed the system here in South Africa, how he ended apartheid and gave hope for the poor and encouraged education", he said.
"It also illustrates initiatives taken by the UN General Assembly in recognition of the South African leader's legacy‚" the UN said. Mandela died aged 95 on December 5 2013.
Events have been planned throughout the year for the 100th anniversary of his birth, including a large concert in December in South Africa that will be headlined by Beyonce and Jay-Z and hosted by Oprah Winfrey and others. "The man went to prison for nearly three decades".