Posted on July 18, 2013

Congress Celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday

Stephanie Haven, CBS News, July 18, 2013

Members of Congress honored Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on Thursday, as the former South Africa leader remained hospitalized in critical condition.

“His health, like our own, is fragile, but his spirit will last,” Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “By keeping his humility and his faith, Mandela became a better man and has made us better too.”


“I have walked that long road to freedom,” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said, reiterating Mandela’s words. “I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

Waters named Mandela “the most significant historic figure in the world of the past 100 years.” {snip}