Barack Obama about Nelson Mandela
Barack Obama gave a speech that highlighted the meaning of leadership in our society and the current lack of the leadership that the world needs and aspires. He signified the struggle that Mandela put up for his country and people. Obama said, “In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness, persistence and faith. He tells us what is possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well” (Pace, 2013). Barack Obama brought up the importance of application of Mandela’s historic life principles and leadership qualities on our own lives especially the political leaders. He discussed that he tries to make himself more like Mandela both as a man and as a president. The prominent part of his speech was that we should not just remember Mandela’s legacy but also emphasized that we should use his principles more practically. “We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace” (Pace, 2013). Barack Obama stressed that, from our history, we must comprehend, learn and apply the struggle process that Mandela exhibited to achieve our national goals.
Barack Obama made everyone listen to his words because he rose above the politics and the world boundaries. His speech highlighted the strength and harmony of the South Africans that they had shown over the past period. “South Africans show us we can change. We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences