As a Student, Obama Drew Inspiration from Mandela

Julie Pac, ABC News, December 9, 2013

The comparisons are perhaps inevitable. President Barack Obama and former South African leader Nelson Mandela each served as their nation’s first black president, living symbols of struggles to overcome deep-seated racial tensions. Each was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

But as Obama prepares to honor Mandela at a memorial service Tuesday in South Africa, people close to the U.S. president say he is well-aware that his rapid rise through America’s political ranks pales in comparison to Mandela’s 27 years in prison fighting against a repressive government that brutally enforced laws that enshrined racial discrimination.


In the days following Mandela’s death, Obama began crafting the 20-minute speech he will deliver during Tuesday’s service in Johannesburg, where tens of thousands of South Africans and dozens of foreign dignitaries are expected to pack a sports stadium. {snip}

The memorial service will also serve as a rare reunion of nearly all living American presidents. Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush joined the president and wife Michelle Obama on Air Force One as it departed Washington Monday morning. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were traveling to South Africa separately. George H.W. Bush, the only other living U.S. president, will not attend because the 89-year-old is no longer able to travel long distances, his spokesman Jim McGrath said.

Also traveling with Obama were national security adviser Susan Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was meeting her husband in South Africa.

For Obama, who was too young to be active in the American civil rights movement, it was Mandela’s struggle against apartheid that first drew him into politics. He studied Mandela’s speeches and writings while studying at Occidental College from 1979-81 and became active in campus protests against the apartheid government.

“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,” Obama said last week. {snip}


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  • D.B. Cooper

    Kneel before the God of Diversity. I saw a flag at half staff today. I wonder if it was for Pearl Harbor….. or HIM.

    • IstvanIN

      Him, or it from my point of view.

    • I’m old enough to remember when the Pearl Harbor Memorial consisted of the shattered superstructure of the Arizona exactly as the Japanese had left it. Then, in 1960 I think it was, they torched off everything above the main deck, removed the gun turrets (I think) and built a non-controversial bridge over the now-non-threatening hull.

      My guess is that this was all done so that Japanese tourists would not be offended by the sight of the true wreckage. Those rising oil droplets are so … well … cute, I suppose.

  • bigone4u

    Three ex-presidents that are a disgrace, and one current president that is a disgrace. Disgracefulness displaying solidarity. All of them together aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit, just like the terrorist Communist murderer they are honoring. Putin is staying home. A man after my heart, he is.

    • MBlanc46

      The American political system has a long history of dredging up second- and even third-raters for the presidency.

      • WR_the_realist

        We regularly get high functioning sociopaths as presidents, hand picked by our overlords.

    • Oldcorporal

      I’m not a big supporter of Putin, but he has proved, here and before, that he does have cojones.

  • smedley

    What was the inspiration? Supporting murderous black militias that kill whites indiscriminately, or the songs he sang about killing whites or maybe the redistribution of all that wealth earned from the brow of da black man, yeah that be it, the reparations.

  • Puggg

    Barack Obama drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela because Nelson Mandela just died, therefore, Obama has to find a way to insert himself into the narrative.

    • Yes, but he’s going to show restraint. According to the article he’s only going to speak for 20 minutes.

      • Puggg

        Only for 20 minutes about:

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          You had better get those pugs in line!!

          • Stay grasping, my friends.

          • Puggg

            No way my three pugs are registered to vote. Because I live in Arnold, Missouri, not Chicago, Illinois.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        My eyes are tearing up…oh wait! That’s just tire smoke.


    PLEASE bury this POS already

    • Spartacus

      Which one ? ūüėČ

  • Sue

    As Student, Obama Drew Inspiration From Mandela
    So he wants to kill white people too.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      You post reminds me of a new graphic I received this afternoon…

      • saxonsun

        Super excellent! Thanks.

  • MBlanc46

    [L]living symbols of struggles to overcome deep-seated racial tensions”?

    What struggle has Obama ever been involved in? Struggling to get the biggest lungful of smoke when he and his high school buddies were driving around smoking weed?

  • MBlanc46

    It appears that he carefully crafted a persona that he saw could snare him high political office. If he’d thought that sending Jews to the ovens would have accomplished his ends, that’s what he’d have done.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Mandela’s 27 years in prison fighting against a repressive government that brutally enforced laws that enshrined racial discrimination.

    Enough with the slavering worship!

    It is ridiculous that Mandela is being turned into a demi-God. The Mandela worship was insufferable this past weekend. I’ve been listening to classic rock or classical music to drown out the wailing, gnashing of teeth and constant moaning.

    Mandela was not jailed for his political beliefs, as the media wish us to believe, he was jailed for being a murderous terrorist. Mandela freely admitted in court to having committed 168 acts of terror and even Amnesty International said he was fairly convicted and sentenced.

    At his trial, he plead guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilizing terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists.

    Even ‚ÄúConservative‚ÄĚ Newt Gingrich jumped on the Mandela worship bandwagon. get yer barf bag out!!):

    ‚ÄúWhat Would You Have Done? Nelson Mandela and American Conservatives‚ÄĚ

    “President Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime. He emerged from 27 long years in prison with a wisdom, a compassion, and a commitment to help other people that was astonishing. His life was a triumph of the human spirit. When he visited the Congress I was deeply impressed…

    Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison as an astonishingly wise, patient, and compassionate person.”

    (Did I not warn you it was vomit-inducing?)

    After 19 years of rule by Mandela’s ANC:

    Murders have increased from 7,000 per year to 25,000

    Unemployment is up to 25%, youth unemployment, 40%

    12% of the population is infected with the HIV virus

    50,000 to 60,000 Whites have been murdered since 1994

    Mandela has joined his right place next to other dead Communist strongmen and thugs like Che, Mao and Chavez.

    Ticker tape parade in New York City upon Mandela’s release:

  • Luca

    “Also traveling with Obama were national security adviser Susan Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was meeting her husband in South Africa.”

    All of these people traveling together in one plane???

    Oh please let there be a God, this would be a wonderful time for Divine Intervention, karma and cosmic justice.

    Let us pray.

    • Jackryanvb

      In the true spirit of embracing diversity, I hope the pilot of this plane is named “Mohammed” and attended flight school in Florida. 70 virgins in Heaven await.. (More like 70 feminists that look like Rachiel Maddow, but these. Types are virginal in a way that they don’t date men.

      • MBlanc46

        Maybe Dontavius would be better.

  • Four US presidents will attend the funeral in Johannesburg.

    Let’s call it the “High Negro Mass”.

  • Ella

    The globalist gang of four meets up again to show their elite rule or political importance. George H. and Clinton were the worst for selling off US jobs.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      I nominate Clinton.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    All together now: BARF-O-RAMA!!
    In the name of equality, let us take turns emptying the buckets.

    • Mergatroyd

      Hey, I’m eating breakfast here.

      • itdoesnotmatter

        Oops, sorry. Wait, your breakfast is a welcome addition, come to think of it.
        [I confess to channeling the barf-o-rama sequence in “Stand By Me,” Rob Reiner’s cinematic rendering of Stephen King’s short story, “The Body.”]

  • realist

    both obozo and baboon mandela are third world POS

  • Oldcorporal

    It is disgraceful that four — count ’em, four — U.S. presidents are attending the funeral rites for this Communist and terrorist who (supposedly) mended his ways after 27 years in prison. Obama wouldn’t even send a representative to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral — and he was “too busy”, apparently, to go to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s famous speech. But he can drop everything and come a-runnin’ when it’s for the funeral of a ginned-up black “hero.” I suspect that the main reason Clinton, Bush and Carter are going is to avoid getting the “shamie-shamie” beatdown from the liberal press, and being called “racists.” What a farce! How far the U.S. has fallen.

  • Oldcorporal

    And in those pictures of him with his nose in the air, he’s like Narcissus admiring himself in an overhead mirror.

  • Bantu_Education

    “a repressive government that brutally enforced laws….”

    All laws ultimately have to be “brutally enforced”, especially against those who not only refuse to comply but also engage in massive rioting, looting, and killing sprees.

  • MarcB1969

    Because life was so difficult for a young Barack Obama that he needed inspiration from an imprisoned dissident in a far away land…give me a break.

  • Bantu_Education

    I heard a rumour that the cANCer gubbaMUNT was going to impose racial quotas for the funeral which means that only 10% of heads of state could be white, as that is their % of world population. Clinton (whose name I’m always tempted to mis-spell, but lets keep it clean) gets a free pass though since he’s an “honorary black”. (/satire)

  • Bantu_Education

    If you ask that question of white liberals they will think for a few seconds and then say “well he saved whites from a bloodbath”. Try it yourself..!

    Anyway its total BS – in 1994 and for some years after whites were still largely in control of the security forces, most whites were well armed and all young men had had good military training. Now that the police and ummy (sic) are totally in the hands of brutal racist blacks, whites have been dis-armed, and military-trained whites are all 40+ years old, a bloodbath can and will happen at any time. Mandela did NOT save whites from a bloodbath, he prepared the way for one in the near future. I’m sure his dying wish was that the “revolution be completed”.

  • Rex

    The problem with Obama is that he sees only his Black side and totally hates his White mother’s side. This is what happens when White women have children with Black men. They destroy their race.

    • MarcB1969

      A textbook example of the tragic mulatto.

  • Herman

    What part of “apartheid” South Africa will the 4 Presidents stay in while in Johannesburg?
    * The gated “evil” white community
    * The wonderful black section
    I have a hunch.

  • dkmeller

    This contemptible display of racial (anti White) sycophancy shows everybody, especially the subjects of the barbarous NWO/ globalist regime headquartered on the Potomac-Washington DC-whose side they are really on.

    Mandela is THEIR hero-Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry, John Randolph, Sam Adams, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Sam Houston…GUESS AGAIN!

    “Obama is not my President”…maybe it is time to rethink the question-are the assorted collection of loathsome sociopaths, crooks, bankster puppets, and NWO scum attending this funeral really capable of representing AMERICANS (especially White Americans) at all?

    For an interesting take on the fawning and slobbering of this long-time Communist butcher and mass-murderer by his fans and admirers posing as our “elites”, see:


    Stefan Molynaux, the host of the video, isn’t American, and is NOT a White Nationalsit, but he has a more perceptive and well-informed understanding of Comrade Mandela and his supporters than many a “conservative”, either in the USA or Canada!

  • libertarian1234

    “As a Student, Obama Drew Inspiration from Mandela”


    Was it for his unrestrained terrorism and murders or his unrestrained hatred of whites?

    And did Obama mimic his hero by singing along with the “Kill the Boer” song?