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


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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