Thousands Attend Mandela Memorial

    US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state.    AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    President Obama led tributes to the “great soul” of Nelson Mandela Tuesday before a cheering crowd of tens of thousands of South Africans and a host of world leaders who gathered at a soccer stadium in Soweto. Using tribal phrases that delighted the crowd, Obama said the world would never again see a man like Mandela, the “last great liberator of the 20th century.” He drew a standing ovation after describing the transformative power of a single great leader. “It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well,” he said. Obama shook hands with Cuban president Raúl Castro and kissed Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff as an unprecedented collection of leaders celebrated the life of Mandela. The dancing crowd, diminished by torrential rain, cheered most of the leaders but booed when George W. Bush and their current president Jacob Zuma appeared on giant screens.

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