Obama compares Nelson Mandela with George Washington

President Obama, in speaking of critically ill former South African President Nelson Mandela, compared his stepping down as president of South Africa after one term to George Washington. ABC News: Later, when asked about his policy toward Africa, Obama again returned to Mandela. "Mandela shows what was possible when a priority is placed on human dignity, respect for law, that all people are treated equally," Obama said. "And what Nelson Mandela also stood for is that the well-being of the country is more important than the interests of any one person," Obama continued. "George Washington is admired because after two terms he said enough, I'm going back to being a citizen. There were no term limits, but he said I'm a citizen. I served my time. And it's time for the next person, because that's what democracy is about. And Mandela similarly was able to recognize that, despite how revered he was, that part of this transition process was greater than one person." At the...(Read Full Post)