Obligatory Nelson Mandela Post

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies

Freedom fighter, statesman, moral compass and South Africa’s symbol of the struggle against racial oppression.

That was Nelson Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead his country out of decades of apartheid.

He died Thursday night at age 95.

His message of forgiveness, not vengeance, inspired the world after he negotiated a peaceful end to segregation and urged forgiveness for the white government that imprisoned him.

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,” Mandela said after he was freed in in 1990.

Mandela, a former president, battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world.

I don’t have anything to say about Nelson Mandela. I was never that interested in political causes in other countries. Apartheid was a bad thing but we have our own problems here at home. YMMV.

I am, however, thoroughly disgusted with our president. It would really be nice if just once he didn’t make everything about himself.

I’m not holding my breath.

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49 Responses to Obligatory Nelson Mandela Post

  1. The Klown says:

    What really bothers me is knowing the political operatives in the White House are rejoicing because tonight’s lead story won’t be Obama’s lies or Obamacare.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Just went through my fb newsfeed and saw all the Mandela tributes, all showed photos of Mandela, not themselves 🙂

      • Rangoon78 says:

        Peter Souza Official White House Photographer
        President Obama in Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island.

        President Obama watches TV news coverage about the death of Nelson Mandela.

        In touching tribute to Mandela, Obama posts photo of himself watching TV
        Investor’s Business Daily ‎- 1 hour ago

  2. The Klown says:
    • underwhelmed says:

      Who pioneered this imaginative use of old tyres: put them around a living person’s neck, douse them in petrol and set them alight. It’s called necklacing. Now there’s a civilised, uplifting act if ever I heard of one.

    • angienc says:

      So what a minute –he’s pissed off about the rights of illegals? Too bad he doesn’t give a shit about actual citizens.
      And yeah — those people in the gallery who are there because they are scared of being deported have nothing else to do — it’s not like they could be at WORK, ya know.

      • Somebody says:

        Why would they work when they’ve come to the land of milk and honey? Life is so much easier if you spit out some anchor babies and get on the dole.

        • Jadzia says:

          Have I missed a change in the immigration laws? Because when I clerked at the 9th Circuit, my judge affirmed orders to deport people who had U.S. citizen children ALL THE TIME.

      • Assuming for a moment there actually WERE unseen people in the gallery, this appeared to be one of those afterhours staged for TV rants. No more, no less. ‘Madam speaker’ looked to be totally taken by surprise to be addressed. She seemed to be busy doing paperwork.

  3. The Klown says:

    Ima gonna go get a burrito loco from the taco shop next to the liquor store and get ready for the Sound of Music.

  4. angienc says:

    Obama not make something all about himself?

    Why, that’s UNpossible!

  5. DandyTIger says:

    Watched the SOM. They pulled it off. Much better than I thought it would be. Who knew they could still do live TV like that.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Ouch. My theater friends are trashing it completely. Sure, Carrie doesn’t have acting experience. But it was fun. There’s no pleasing some people.

      • DandyTIger says:

        One of the main complaints I’m hearing from NY theater types, she’s a country singer. Translation: she made fun of Obamacare and she’s probably conservative.

        • mothy67 says:

          I found it refreshing. Flawed yes, but still a treat. Three hours by a non-seasoned B’way actress. I give her props. Sure there are many theatre actors who could have done a better job but I doubt they’d bring much of an audience. let the munchkin stay up late to watch. Best part was near the end when the oldest daughter was asking Maria for advice about her boyfriend and she turned to me and said now it would be really funny if the 17 year old girl just started to scream no don’t sing again when Maria answered in song.

      • The Klown says:


        It was sponsored by WALMART!!!!

    • ProudMilitaryMom says:

      I watched about fifteen minutes of it and hated it. Acting was terrible, choreography lacking and the music was not good.
      The kids in our local theater did a better job.

  6. Somebody says:

    Helen put a link in the previous thread to Obama giving a speech about Mandela. Does anyone know if the networks interrupted prime time for that speech???

    I got to thinking about it, what POTUS has rushed out and given a speech when a former, foreign leader passed away?? I can’t think of any. I did think about Margaret Thatcher passing away so I hunted around, apparently Obama released a written statement.

  7. helenk3 says:

    tweety tingles is an embarrassment to himself. there really has to be something mentally wrong with that man. From the different excerpts from his show with backtrack he has the biggest man crush I have ever seen and should not be on TV

  8. DandyTIger says:

  9. driguana says:

    It’s interesting that both Mandela and Obama won Nobel Peace Prizes…one actually did something to earn it, the other didn’t.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Missed Sound of Music, but here’s a review from a Broadway snob …


    I’m sure Carrie did just fine and I’m a theater type, love live theater at any venue or acting level.

    • Anthony says:

      I thought she did a great job, but many of my snobbish (and unemployed) actor friends thought she sucked. Haters gotta hate…….

      • mothy67 says:

        Bet Audra MacDonald and the other Broadway luminaries were glad Carrie said yes and afforded them a much bigger audience than they’d ever had.

        • Anthony says:

          Agree. MacDonald was great, as were others in the cast.

          Funniest unintended (?) detail – there was an ad for O-care right before the Von Trapp’s sang with nazi flags hanging behind them. Hilarious.

      • The Klown says:

        She has at least two strikes against her – American Idol and Country music. A member of the Grand Ole Opry doing a Broadway-style musical???

        • mothy67 says:

          Guess Reba in Annie Get Your Gun wouldn’t count as its country themed, but she did step into Bernedette Peters shoes. Why do I know this? Only musicals I ever liked were Caberet and ( head hung in shame) Mama Mia.

        • Anthony says:

          She was interviewed a couple of days ago, and that was one of the questions. Her answer was that she wanted to sing a different genre than the one that has defined her so far. I don’t have a problem with people broadening their scope – especially if they have the pipes to pull it off. I’m not a country music fan, but I think she’s a great singer

  11. Anthony says:

    Ten bucks sez that the White House photoshops that pic and puts him in a manger holding the baby for their Christmas greeting

  12. The Klown says:
    • Mary says:

      All kidding aside, the irony of Mandela’s death at this time sets up a mental and emotional comparison of the 2 men (Mandela and Obama) that doesn’t reflect well on Obama’s small mindedness.

      Mandela as president of his country reached for reconciliation, tampted down the hatred and hatefulness of differences, and wanted true teamwork (even with his personal enemies) that benefitted his country.

      Obama? Not so much. At every moment he could choose otherwise, Obama chooses sniping, blame shifting, smallness.

      And all those MSNBC people who would love to set the 2 men up as equals just point out differences even more to the watching public.

      It really just makes Barak Obama look even smaller and pettier.

      • Anthony says:

        And all those MSNBC people who would love to set the 2 men up as equals just point out differences even more to the watching public.
        It really just makes Barak Obama look even smaller and pettier.

        And that, Mary, is better than Christmas!

      • Mary says:

        For example: Nelson Mandela would never have announced “I won” to the very people he needed to heal the nation.

        Large and small. Wisdom and arrogance. The differences are emphasized, dramatically. And not to the benefit of Obama.

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