In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Sanders Compares Himself to Nelson Mandela

I wasn’t aware that we had Apartheid in this country. But Bernie is aware of it. I dunno. I guess if Obama could slow the rise of the oceans — or, in the view of his supporters, walk on them — then Bernie can be Mandela.

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Sign Language Interpreter at Mandela Memorial a Fake

I’ve never seen anything like this. The sign language interpreter for President Obama and other world leaders at the Mandela memorial in South Africa Tuesday was a fraud. Didn’t know a word a sign language. Check this out below. It’s all gibberish. Here he is along with an actual sign language interpreter who was provided by the South African Broadcasting Corporation. You can see the

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Bush Booed During Mandela Memorial

A sterling example of the maxim, no good deed goes unpunished. Former President George W. Bush was booed when he appeared on the video monitor at today’s memorial for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to the White House pool report, which cited local press outlets. Meanwhile, when the images President Obama and Michelle popped up, there was a 30-second “deafening roar,” the pooler

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Obama Uses Mandela Speech to Jab Republicans

Oh boy. This is not cool. It seems clear to me that President Obama took a smack at Republicans during his remarks this morning in South Africa at the memorial for Nelson Mandela, busting them for talking Mandela’s talk while failing to walk the walk. In America, and in South Africa, and in countries all around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud

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But Enough About Mandela

Uhh boy. Looks like we’ll be hearing another Mandela and Me speech out of the president. National Security spokesman Ben Rhodes, who gaggled along with Jay Carney during the flight to South Africa, previewed the remarks Obama will make at the memorial to Mandela. Self-references aplenty. Man, this guy really can’t seem to get outside himself. I think, for the president, he’ll reflect on what

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Obama to Travel to South Africa Next Week

President and Mrs. Obama will travel to South Africa next week “to participate in memorial events,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said this afternoon. Carney did not say exactly when Obama will leave, and it’s not exactly clear which events Obama will attend. A memorial for Mandela will be held Tuesday at FNB stadium in Johannesburg. After that Mandela’s remains will lie in state

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It’s About Me! And Joe!

You know, Thursday I wrote that it was appropriate that Obama be a little self-referential in his statement on Mandela’s death, given that both are historic figures in the march toward racial equality. Some of you called me on it, and while I still think it’s valid, you had a point. I took a closer look at the statement and noticed . . . there’s

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Nelson Mandela Dies

Nelson Mandela, who led the fight in South Africa to end Apartheid, Died today at 95. Mandela had been in failing health for some time, though the death of such an historic and beloved figure will no doubt come as an awful shock to many. The question for the White House now is whether President Obama will attend the funeral. My assumption would be that

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