Obama Rebukes Trump’s ‘Strongman Politics’ in Mandela Speech


In one of his first high-profile appearances since 2016, ex-President Barack Obama delivered a rebuke of the “utter loss of shame among political leaders” and “politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment” while giving a speech to honor former South African President Nelson Mandela.

While Obama didn’t criticize President Donald Trump by name, his remarks came only a day after Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the Associated Press reports. Obama began his speech, which honored the 100th anniversary of the anti-apartheid leader’s birth, by referencing the “strange and uncertain” world in which “each day’s news cycle is bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines.” “We see much of the world threatening to return to a more dangerous, more brutal, way of doing business,” he said.

Obama went on to attack “strongman politics,” arguing that “those in power seek to undermine every institution … that gives democracy meaning.” He ended positively, however, reminding the audience: “We’ve been through darker times. We’ve been through lower valleys.” “I say if people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love,” said Obama, who received a standing ovation and widespread praise after the speech. “Yesterday we had Trump and Putin standing together,” one Johannesburg professor said, “now we are seeing the opposing team: Obama and Mandela.” Read more.



  1. There is plenty to criticize in S.A. itself, which is in very bad shape in recent years.

    The USA is in much better shape, B”H, despite its own challenges.

  2. trumps “returning the word to a more dangerous way”??????
    Obama gave isis and the moslem brotherhood the power to destroy the world.
    Trumps cleaning up his mess.
    what chutzpah!!
    kol hapoisel bi’mumo poisel

  3. How much cash did the Kenyan make for giving his all important speech? How much tax will he be paying on that? Who is monitoring his income?

  4. When this traitor and crook who took the presidency illegally will soon be sitting in federal court for his crimes, he’ll have enough time to review President Trump’s award winning summit with President Putin.

  5. Trump is cleaning up all the trouble this lousy obama caused. Now this obama is honoring the Jew hater Nelson mendala. It’s like honoring Arafat and condemning Trump. So much for the words of an anti Semite honoring another antisemite.


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