Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 7:10 PM

WASHINGTON — At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

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ranger1873Dec. 6, 13 3:09 PM

Couldn't be bothered to go to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the battle. Couldn't be bothered to attend Margaret Thatcher's funeral. Priorities.

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kebu80Dec. 6, 13 3:36 PM

Hopefully he stays there and helps them with their socialism! He is doing an excellent job bringing it here!

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ontherecordDec. 6, 13 5:53 PM

Thanks, righties, for more of your Obama hatred. You might at least recognize that Mandela was an incredible force for freedom. Thatcher, on the other hand, was an opponent of free rights.

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nicesiglegDec. 6, 13 6:29 PM

Thatcher hatred is ok? I see.

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drposterDec. 6, 13 6:53 PM

This will never be posted with the all out love fest going on.. Mandela's adulation of Castro and Cuba almost outshines that of his own admirers. In May of 1990 Mandela, visiting America, went on record, referring to Cuba: "There's one thing where that country stands out head and shoulders above the rest. That is in its love for human rights and liberty." A week later in Libya, he lauded Qaddafi's: "Committment to the fight for peace and human rights in the world." While in America Mandela also made public statements that amounted to support for violence and terrorism in the furtherance of political aims. In a speech in Harlem, referring to four Puerto Rican terrorists who shot and wounded five US Congressmen in 1954, he said: "We support the cause of anyone who is fighting for self-determination, and our attitude is the same, no matter who it is. I would be honored to sit on the platform with the four comrades you refer to."

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Wally_99Dec. 6, 13 7:03 PM

ranger - right on. Ms. Thatcher - the prime minister of our greatest ally. A country we helped turn around economically. A country with great longevity as our ally. The double standard and hypocrisy both REEK.

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Wally_99Dec. 6, 13 7:05 PM

Hey "ontherecord" - Mandela was also part of a terrorist movement. He had pictures of Stalin and Lenin above his desk - great mentors, eh? His economics were far to the left of Obama's new socialism. He was no angel.

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WaterBunkerDec. 6, 13 7:10 PM

Mandela had a huge impact on a small and rather insignificant country. Thatcher played a significant role in reducing the Soviet threat to the world. She governed a large major player internationally. Mandela was nothing compared to Thatcher, but Obama falls all over him. I can't figure out why.

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christopherhaanDec. 6, 13 7:58 PM

Mandela was half Jesus, half devil.

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goferfanzDec. 6, 13 8:20 PM

Well, it's easy to criticize the choices of a person who was imprisoned for decades, for merely wanting some freedom. I for one have nothing against the original Black Panthers, perhaps if I walked in their shoes at that time, I would have been a loyal soldier. History is invariably written by the victors, and history--sadly-- often omits the day to day suffering of so many people.

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