October 25, 2014

Live Stream: Madiba Memorial Service (Updated w/President Obama’s eulogy)

SABC TV live coverage – Continuous live coverage of events following the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

President Obama’s eulogy this morning:

Full 42 Minute Video of the Eulogy of President Barack Obama at the Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Before the President spoke, famed Gospel Star Kirk Franklin and a South African choir sang as the lead-in to the President’s Eulogy.  You can hear Kirk Franklin’s presentation at the 15:00 minute mark of the video.  President Obama’s Eulogy begins at the 19:35 mark of the video. Full Transcript of the President’s Remarks Below.

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of states and government, past and present; distinguished guests — it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life like no other.  To the people of South Africa — (applause) — people of every race and walk of life — the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.  His struggle was your struggle.  His triumph was your triumph.  Your dignity and your hope found expression in his life.  And your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

It is hard to eulogize any man — to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person — their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul.  How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.

Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by the elders of his Thembu tribe, Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century.  Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement — a movement that at its start had little prospect for success.  Like Dr. King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed and the moral necessity of racial justice.  He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War.  Emerging from prison, without the force of arms, he would — like Abraham Lincoln — hold his country together when it threatened to break apart.  And like America’s Founding Fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations — a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power after only one term.

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  • qosine

    This is the most amazing event I’ve ever seen.
    Watching all these Members of State walking in
    from countries all around the world. That was
    something hearing the crowd cheer when the
    President of Cuba was announced. Enjoying
    the narration from SABC. Our president hasn’t
    come in yet. Listening to the fantastic singing
    and watching the dancers.

    • Miranda

      This is truly amazing.

      • qosine

        Thanks for putting up the stream, Miranda.

  • qosine

    Madiba’s memorial day programme
    Monday 9 December 2013 19:14
    SABChttp://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/4418c38042205f968e6faf1c2eddf908/Madibas-memorial-day-programme-20130912

  • qosine

    Mr. Mandela’s 3 grand children were great.
    Strong, proud, big cheers.
    PBO up in 10-15 minutes.

    • crazycanuck

      I missed the grand children, but I’m here for PBO. Good Morning qosine.

      • qosine

        Good morning, cc.

  • rikyrah

    this crowd is amazing

    • qosine

      Yes, it’s wonderful.
      Good Morning, rikyrah.

  • rikyrah

    POTUS IS UP NEXT!

  • malletgirl02

    Lets keep this a positive thread, lets ignore the Mandela haters from the rightwing, and remember Mandela’s life.

  • crazycanuck

    I think it’s very hard for people not to show their emotions with certain world leaders. Case in point Bush.

  • rikyrah

    The roots of Mandela’s service
    Temba Maqubela is headmaster at Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts. He fought against apartheid, escaped persecution, and, in 1986, came to the United States as a political refugee.
    By Temba Maqubela,

    No one should have doubted that, in the end, Nelson Mandela would be buried in his village, not in a grand public setting in Johannesburg. For it was Qunu that made Mandela a leader.

    To really know Mandela, it helps to understand the concept of ubuntu. The Xhosa word is difficult to define, but it refers to the interconnectivity of one to another. In a Xhosa village like Mandela’s, when someone asks, “How are you?” the answer is not “I am fine.” It is, “We are fine.”…

    In Qunu, Mandela lived a life of relative privilege, but in the village culture, that called for an extra dose of humility. His uncle was the acting king of the Thembus, part of the Xhosa people, and young Mandela was present during the many meetings in his village, where he would hear the egalitarian aspirations of elders, absorbing their dreams and frustrations. Mandela also herded cattle, as I and any boy growing up far from the townships did. Humility defined him.

    Yet, when Mandela was 33 and heading the Youth League of the African National Congress, he announced publicly during protests on Jan Van Riebeeck Day, a holiday celebrating the whites’ arrival in South Africa, that he would someday become the first president of a liberated South Africa. Were these the words of a humble man? Yes—but also the words of a man who realized black South Africa needed energy, and, despite the callous and brutal killings, hope. Those who were fighting against apartheid had, up to that moment, been focused on equal rights. They had not considered for a moment that the highest office in the country could belong to a black…

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/it-took-a-village/2013/12/09/7487c3c2-6128-11e3-bf45-61f69f54fc5f_story.html?hpid=z3

  • rikyrah

    Is that Kirk Franklin?

    • crazycanuck

      Who is Kirk Franklin?

      • Miranda

        Gospel music producer, writer, director….etc

    • malletgirl02

      Yes it is.

  • malletgirl02

    President Obama coming up.

  • qosine

    There’s President Obama!

  • crazycanuck

    Ok I missed that, but folks on twitter says PBO shook Castro’s hand. Heads explode.

  • malletgirl02

    Man Mandela is bring together everyone. John King being fair to Obama wow!

  • qosine

    Listen to the cheering!!!!

  • malletgirl02

    Look at the the women of south Africa. They are dressed so beautifully.

  • crazycanuck

    I love your President, TELL IT! TELL IT!

  • malletgirl02

    Wow President Obama is on team no fucks.

  • qosine

    :President Obama told it straight and told it clear!!!!
    ubuntu

    • aleth

      I like that! He addressed foreign leaders there with zings without naming names. And people at home embracing Mandela but not his ideas. This entire thing is beautiful. Damn capture all them world leaders on a room for peace

      • qosine

        “And people at home embracing Mandela but not his
        ideas.” Yes!! Seeing all those leaders together for
        peace is beautiful. When do we ever get to see this?
        Glad to see bibi showed up:)

        • malletgirl02

          I’m sorry to say according to CNN international bibi is not there, but the president of Israel is there.

          • qosine

            Well, Israel is represented. That’s good.
            bibi’s been spending too much money on
            travel, so I guess he was grounded:)

          • malletgirl02

            Also I guess in Israel while bibi is the head of government the president is the head of state, so I guess it is only proper that he attend.

      • malletgirl02

        Like Mandela Obama shows in his speech that one can before reconcilation, but not be a push over.

      • crazycanuck

        Bibi probably had to show, I heard he wasn’t getting much love in Israel about his not going.

      • malletgirl02

        According to CNN International Bibi is not there. The president of Israel is there though.

  • Miranda

    As soon as its available, we’ll post PBO’s speech!

    • qosine

      Read my mind, Miranda! LOL

  • qosine

    This is fascinating hearing from these different world leaders.
    Frankly, I’d hate to follow President Obama.

    Wow “comprehensive strategic partnership” — yep, yep
    Next.

    I’m wondering what President Castro’s gonna say.

  • Miranda

    Nerdy Wonka ‏@NerdyWonka14m
    POTUS: “There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms”

  • crazycanuck

    Lydia Polgreen ‏@lpolgreen5m
    A South African friend just said to me re:Obama’s speech: “It is the most emotion I have felt.”

    • qosine

      Wow. Big compliment.

  • crazycanuck

    Did the Iranian President show up?

  • qosine

    I love the man who’s heading the program.
    He asked everyone to be quiet in such a cool way.
    “The rain has not abated.”

    • morphus

      I felt that too. He made the request. He then appear to acknowledge them by joining their chant and then gently leading it to closure.

      • qosine

        Beautifully said, morphus. Exactly.

  • lamh36

    So the big news is that Obama shook hands with Raoul Castro as he approached the stage for his speech.

    WTF…media. What was POTUS supposed to do? Body-slam Castro, screaming “American….BITCH” as he does so?

    SMDH.

    Now what’s the over under on Ted Cruz taking pics with Africans as a photo-op for back home?

    • malletgirl02

      I guess they wanted him to offer Raoul a headshake and pull it back and say “sike!”

    • crazycanuck

      That is so juvenile, but what can we expect. And Cruz probably begged them and then paid them.

    • malletgirl02

      Cruz probably going to use those pictures to pretend he has black friends.

    • AxelFoley

      Wait, Cruz took his monkey ass over there?

    • rigoletta

      Cruz is there? W is there? SA needs to tighten up its border security for real.

  • qosine

    President Castro looks quite hardy.

    • crazycanuck

      Fidel Castro came to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau Funeral. They were actually good friends.

      • qosine

        That’s really interesting, cc. I didn’t know that.
        I find it interesting to hear what he has to say.

      • lamh36

        Raoul not Fidel is the one speakin

        • crazycanuck

          Yup I know, but just wanted to give some history of Castros and Canada

          • lamh36

            ah..okay sorry

  • qosine

    Who is this man? Wow!
    Nice leopard.
    OK. Others are smiling.

  • crazycanuck

    West Wing Reports ‏@WestWingReport20m
    After President finished #Mandela eulogy, people rushed through the stands to see him; looked like he stopped to shake hands (Pool)

  • crazycanuck

    T.J. Holmes ‏@tjholmes6m
    Castro: Cuba was “born in the struggle for independence .. (our) children have African blood in their veins.” #MandelaMemorial

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I bet that didn’t go over well in certain parts of Havana even if it is true.

      • rigoletta

        Or South Florida for that matter.

    • TyrenM

      Good Morning CC,
      This begins (after catching up here) my search for what the other world leaders had to say. Cuba, Brazil and China. Whattheytalkinbout?

  • crazycanuck

    I thought this was going to be so solemn and I would be crying, but it’s actually very joyous.

    • rikyrah

      I always thought it would be a homegoing, cc.

  • lamh36

    MSNBC has found the only thing that would ever make me watch Morning Joe…Idris Elba will be on the later part of the show!

    Damn my love of Idris Elba

  • rikyrah

  • AxelFoley

    Missed it live (just got home from work), so I got a lot of catching up to do.

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    I watched on CSPAN2 – it was wonderful. It was said already, but it really was a joyous affair.

    And President Obama! Just… wow. I know it’s lame, but can’t put into words how proud I was listening to him.

  • rikyrah

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
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    POTUS: “The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph”

    5:34 AM – 10 Dec 2013

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
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    POTUS: “Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century” #MandelaMemorial

    5:34 AM – 10 Dec 2013

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
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    POTUS on Madiba: “He would, like Abraham Lincoln hold his country together when it threatened to break apart” #MandelaMemorial

    5:35 AM – 10 Dec 2013

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
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    POTUS quotes Mandela: “I am not a saint he said, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” #MandelaMemorial

    5:38 AM – 10 Dec 2013

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka
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    President Obama on Mandela: “He was not a bust made of marble. He was a man made of flesh and blood.” #MandelaMemorial

    5:39 AM – 10 Dec 2013

    • http://oldhollywood.net/ woody45

      I get the feeling Mandela spent quite a bit of time in the New Testament.

  • rikyrah
  • Alma98

    Good morning POU.

    • Alma98

      Would someone please delete this for me I put it in the wrong thread.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Sista at the 9:11 mark…her headdress is gorgeous! It looks like giant emerald crown.

  • GreenLadyHere