December 10th, 2013
11:44 AM ET

Obama, world leaders praise 'giant of history' at Mandela memorial

They gathered in the tens of thousands - presidents, prime ministers, royals, celebrities and ordinary South Africans - all united to say farewell to a man hailed as a global symbol of reconciliation.

In what has been billed as one of the largest gatherings of global leaders in recent history, representatives from around the world joined street sweepers, actors and religious figures to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.

From President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro, praise came from all sides in a four-hour memorial service at Johannesburg FNB stadium for the revered statesman, who died Thursday at age 95.

"We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," Obama said in a speech to roaring cheers.

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  1. saywhat

    Leaders everywhere would and should be envious of the stature of this global icon. Leadership backed by the might of an empire or wealth and such appears hollow against the substance of a leader backed solely by the courage of his convictions, indomitable spirit and will to stand up for justice and good of his people.

    December 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I agree full heartedly saywhat. The achievements of this man are nothing short of spectacular. If the rest of the world leaders would follow the steps he did, we would be in such a better position worldwide.

    And I love the word indomitable. That's got to be my most favorite hairy creature ever.

    December 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Hope you are having a good one.

    December 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    AGAIN, Nelson Mandela was an awe-inspiring man.

    December 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Yes he was.

      December 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
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