Speaking in front of 15,000 people, Obama said the emergence of ‘strongman politics’ could be the demise of democracy
As he delivered the Nelson Mandela annual lecture on Tuesday night in Johannesburg, Barack Obama delivered a strong rebuke to Donald Trump, without once naming the sitting president. Speaking in front of a crowd of 15,000 people, Obama warned that “the politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment” are on the move “at a pace unimaginable just a few years ago”, in what has been dubbed his most important speech since leaving office. The full text of the speech, released by the office of Barack Obama, is below.
Thank you. To Mama Graça Machel, members of the Mandela family, the Machel family, to President Ramaphosa who you can see is inspiring new hope in this great country – professor, doctor, distinguished guests, to Mama Sisulu and the Sisulu family, to the people of South Africa – it is a singular honor for me to be here with all of you as we gather to celebrate the birth and life of one of history’s true giants.
Let me begin by a correction and a few confessions. The correction is that I am a very good dancer. I just want to be clear about that. Michelle is a little better.