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Must-See: Watch President Obama's Mandela Memorial Speech

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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke before thousands of grieving South Africans, heads of state and other distinguished guests at Nelson Mandela's memorial in Soweto's soccer stadium.

In his 18-minute speech, Obama praised Mandela's courageous and brave actions to end apartheid, praised him as a father, friend, son and more.

"Given the sweep of his life, the scope of his accomplishments, the adoration that he so rightly earned, it’s tempting I think to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men," explained Obama. "But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, Madiba insisted on sharing with us his doubts and his fears; his miscalculations along with his victories."

Relive President Obama's speech above.

PHOTO GALLERY: The World Mourns Nelson Mandela

  • Pakistani schoolchildren hold lamps during a memorial tribute to Nelson Mandela in Karachi.
  • The Empire State Building is lit in the colors of the South African flag in honor of former President Nelson Mandela, who died on December
  • Battery-powered candles and bouquets of flowers fill Nelson Mandela Square in tribute to the former president in the Sandton shopping district in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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