Celebrities, dignitaries and the South African people gathered to celebrate the inspirational life of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, according to a Dec. 10 report in the NY Daily News. The memorial service was held in Johannesburg on Tuesday, and attendees suffered through poor weather conditions in order to remember the beloved Mandela.
President Obama spoke at the televised memorial service, referencing Mandela to Lincoln, Gandhi and Martin Luther King in his speech. Obama talked about Mandela’s own influence in his own life and rise to becoming the president of the United States. Barack Obama even shook the hand of Cuba's President Raul Castro.
For nothing he achieved was inevitable … 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's possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well," Obama said during his speech.
Barack and Michelle Obama arrived at Johannesburg with a prestigious diplomatic entourage, including Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George. W. Bush and Laura Bush.
Bono, famous for his band U2, and Hollywood actress, Charlize Theron also attended the historic memorial service for the Nelson Mandela. The two sat next to each other, neither spoke during the sad occasion that turned into a celebration of the former president's life. The weather took a turn for the worst at the stadium used for the event and a torrential downpour occurred during the service.
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