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  • The President: At his trial in 1964,

  • Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying,

  • "I have fought against white domination,

  • and I have fought against black domination.

  • I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society

  • in which all persons live together in harmony

  • and with equal opportunities.

  • It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve.

  • But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

  • And Nelson Mandela lived for that ideal,

  • and he made it real.

  • He achieved more than could be expected of any man.

  • Today, he has gone home.

  • And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous,

  • and profoundly good human beings

  • that any of us will share time with on this Earth.

  • He no longer belongs to us --

  • he belongs to the ages.

  • Through his fierce dignity and unbending will

  • to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others,

  • Madiba transformed South Africa --

  • and moved all of us.

  • His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise

  • that human beings -- and countries --

  • can change for the better.

  • His commitment to transfer power

  • and reconcile with those who jailed him

  • set an example that all humanity should aspire to,

  • whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives.

  • And the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor,

  • and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections,

  • only makes the man that much more remarkable.

  • As he once said, "I am not a saint,

  • unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying."

  • I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration

  • from Nelson Mandela's life.

  • My very first political action, the first thing I ever did

  • that involved an issue or a policy or politics,

  • was a protest against apartheid.

  • I studied his words and his writings.

  • The day that he was released from prison gave me a sense

  • of what human beings can do when they're guided

  • by their hopes and not by their fears.

  • And like so many around the globe,

  • I cannot fully imagine my own life

  • without the example that Nelson Mandela set,

  • and so long as I live I will do what I can

  • to learn from him.

  • To Graça Machel and his family,

  • Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude

  • for sharing this extraordinary man with us.

  • His life's work meant long days

  • away from those who loved him the most.

  • And I only hope that the time spent with him

  • these last few weeks

  • brought peace and comfort to his family.

  • To the people of South Africa,

  • we draw strength from the example of renewal,

  • and reconciliation,

  • and resilience that you made real.

  • A free South Africa at peace with itself --

  • that's an example to the world,

  • and that's Madiba's legacy to the nation he loved.

  • We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.

  • So it falls to us as best we can

  • to forward the example that he set:

  • to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love;

  • to never discount the difference that one person can make;

  • to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.

  • For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact

  • that Nelson Mandela lived --

  • a man who took history in his hands,

  • and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

  • May God Bless his memory and keep him in peace.

The President: At his trial in 1964,


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