Obama invokes Mahatma Gandhi in major speech in South Africa

Obama invokes Mahatma Gandhi in major speech in South Africa

Obama invokes Mahatma Gandhi in major speech in South Africa

Obama also encouraged tolerance for people with different views, urging his audience not to "disregard what your opponents have to say from the start".

Obama speaks to Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel during the memorial service for the former South African president at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg on December 10, 2013.

It was an implicit rebuke of President Trump's "America First" policies, delivered at a moment when Trump was scolding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for what he saw as inadequate defense spending - something Trump did again last week.

At a time when independent fact-checkers are calling out Trump about misleading and false statements nearly daily, Obama also took aim at politicians who lie, as well as those who attack the news media, as Trump routinely does."People just make stuff up", he said.

"It is in part because of the failures of governments and powerful elites that we now see much of the world threatening to return to an older, more unsafe, more brutal way of doing business".

He spoke about the 9/11 terror attack in the US, America's interference in the Middle East and the growing influence of countries such as China and Russian Federation, as well as the influence of big business and the wealthy elite, describing these as "strongman politics".

"That kind of politics is now on the move.at a pace which seemed unimaginable just a few years ago", said Obama.

Obama is set to reflect on Mandela's example of perseverance and vision and what lessons we can we draw from his legacy.

In his remarks, Obama sought to explain the present political moment, which he called "strange and uncertain". "We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they're caught in a lie, and they just double-down, and they lie some more".

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"I would have thought we would have figured that out by now", he said. "We've been through lower valleys".

Barack Obama's moving lecture earned him a standing ovation.

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini arrives to hear Obama delivering the 16th Nelson Mandela annual lecture.

Before Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang could finish introducing Obama the 15,000 people attending the event stood up cheering and clapping. He stopped earlier this week in Kenya, where he visited the rural birthplace of his late father.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, a protege of Mandela who came to power this year, said he would mark "Mandela 100" by donating half his salary to charity and called for others to do the same.

Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years during, and he was freed in 1990. He left a powerful legacy of reconciliation and diversity along with a resistance to inequality - economic and otherwise.

Obama has shied away from public comment on Trump, whose administration has reversed or attacked notable achievements of his predecessor.

Obama has occasionally weighed in on some of Trump's actions, like his decision to abandon the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. Obama, who scripted history by becoming the first black President of the U.S. in 2009, has long shown a fascination with Gandhi, hanging a photo of the Indian icon on the wall of his Senate office and citing Gandhi in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

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