Former President Barack Obama weighed in with his perspective on the “strange and uncertain times that we are in” as he delivered a major address in South Africa Tuesday. Mr. Obama was invited to give the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, where he spoke to a large and enthusiastic crowd. While his comments largely focused on the life lessons of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela (also known as Madiba) and the road ahead for global democracy, Mr. Obama also touched on the problem of racism, the “politics of fear,” and the threat posed by rising authoritarianism. His remarks came just one day President Trump’s controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Here is the full transcript of his address, as provided by the office of the former president: PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. To Mama Graça Machel, members of the Mandela family, the Machel family, to President Ramaphosa who you can see is inspiring new hope in this great country – (cheers and applause) – professor, doctor, distinguished guests, to Mama Sisulu and the Sisulu family, to the people of South Africa – (cheers and applause) – it is… Read full this story
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