One can see the fire of the 2008 campaigner, full of hope and passion-- and filling Americans with hope and passion-- in Mr. Obama's speech today. Though I don't remember his ever having spoken much of that remarkable man-- South African activist, prisoner and president-- it is clear that Nelson Mandela was one of Pres. Obama's heroes.
I will miss Nelson Mandela. He died just after the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death. I'll always miss JFK despite everything he did that was purely for appearances. He was a great man and had he lived, I think he would have done other great things. Would he have withdrawn from Vietnam? I don't know. Too bad we never got the chance to find out...
Nelson Mandela, who got to live to 95, really had a fulfilled life (except for his relationship with his wife, Winnie... sad).
I hope this powerful life will inspire others to live with their entire being, with all their power and all their passion, as Mr. Mandela did.
Om Shanti. (I don't know any South African words for peace or the Clear Light!)