Our nations leader spoke at the memorial service of one of the worlds greatest heroes today. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama not only attended Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service, but he also made a heart felt speech about one of his heroes.
Along with First Lady Michelle Obama, The Bushes and The Clintons, President Obama hopped on Air Force 1 last night to make a moving speech at Mandela’s National Memorial service in South Africa today. He spoke about how Mandela makes him wants to be a better man saying:
We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa and the young people around the world — you, too, can make his life’s work your own. Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Nelson Mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me.
It woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be a better man. He speaks to what’s best inside us.
Check out the video below. Kirk Franklin performs at the 15 minute mark. And President Obama makes his entrance at the 20 minute mark.