JOHANNESBURG – Former US President Barack Obama delivered his speech Tuesday after his resignation and urged people around the world to express human rights and other values at risk in a speech celebrating the 100th anniversary of the anti-apartheid leader Respect Nelson Mandela.
While President Trump's President Trump has not been mentioned directly, Obama's speech in South Africa has thwarted Trump's policies and encouraged people to keep alive the ideas that Mandela had for democracy, diversity and good education for all.
Inaugurating today's times as "strange and uncertain", Obama added that "the cycle of news generates more important and disconcerting titles every day".
"In these days" we see that much of the world is threatening to do more dangerous and brutal business, "Obama said.
His words were greeted with applause for the speech conveyed online by a crowd of about 14,000 people gathered in a cricket stadium in Johannesburg.
"Honoring Nelson Mandela on the stage, Obama triumphs over an eloquent rebuke," said John Stremlau, professor of international relations at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, who described the times as auspicious as the life commitments of Mandela certain, under "stand attack" in the United States and elsewhere.
"Yesterday we had Trump and Putin standing together, now we see the opposing team: Obama and Mandela".
This is Obama's first visit to Africa since he took office in early 2017. He stopped in Kenya this week, where he visited the birthplace of his late father.
Obama's speech highlighted how the Nobel Peace Prize, jailed for 27 years, has continued his campaign against seemingly insurmountable opportunities to end apartheid, the rigid system of government of South African white minorities.
Mandela, who was released from prison in 1990 and became the first black president in South Africa four years later, died in 2013, leaving behind a strong legacy of reconciliation and diversity, as well as resistance to economic and other inequalities. .
Obama has freed himself from a public statement on Trump, whose government has reversed or attacked remarkable results from his predecessor. The United States under Trump withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and a nuclear deal with Iran while trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare".
Instead of commenting on politics, Obama's speech has addressed wider issues and admiration for Mandela, whom the first black American president has seen as a mentor.
When Obama was a United States senator, he had himself photographed with Mandela. After Obama became president, he sent a copy of the photo to Mandela, who kept her in his office. Obama also visited the prison cell in Mandela and delivered a moving funeral eulogy to Mandela's funeral in 2013, where he said that the life of the South African leader inspired him.
Many South Africans see Obama as Mandela's successor because of his pioneering role and his support for racial equality in the United States and around the world.
Moses Moyo, a 32-year-old Uber pilot, was among the thousands in line for Obama's speech. "I think he will talk about how Mandela changed the system here in South Africa, how he concluded apartheid and gave hope and education to the poor," he said. Many people in South Africa are discouraged by corruption, he added, as the African National Congress in the government tried to preserve the legacy of Mandela and others.
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