Obama Delivers Speech one day before Mandela’s 100th birthday

“You have to believe in facts,” said Mr Obama, “without facts there is no basis for co-operation.

“If I say this is a podium and you say this is an elephant, it is going to be hard for us to co-operate.”-Former President Barack Obama

The lecture given by the Former President earlier today July 17, 2018, is the 16th lecture hosted annually by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa. The lecture has been happening since 2003 and is usually presented by world leaders in an effort to remember the legacy of the former South African freedom fighter. This years theme was  “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”.

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 Democracy is messy, he said, “but the efficiency of an autocrat is a false promise”.

“It is time for us to stop paying all of our attention to the world’s capitals… and focus on the world’s grassroots. That is where democracy comes from,” he added.

Warning against creeping populism and “strongman politics”, he made the case for liberal democracy, saying that he believed it offered the better future for humanity.

“I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision” for the world’s future, he said, “I believe that a world governed by such principals is possible”.-Barack Obama via BBC

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