Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Africa Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByThe New York Times July 17, 2018 In his highest-profile speech since leaving office, former President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered an impassioned defense of democracy and international institutions, including the United Nations and NATO, in a veiled rebuke of his successor, President Trump. Mr. Obama spoke at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg, at an annual event honoring Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid South African leader, who would have turned 100 this week. [ Read our main article on Mr. Obama’s speech.] The following is a transcript of Mr. Obama’s speech, which was provided by his office. ________ MR. OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you so much. AUDIENCE: Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! MR. OBAMA: Thank you. To Mama Graça Machel, … [Read more...] about Read the Transcript of Obama’s Speech Defending Democracy
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Former President Barack Obama weighed in with his perspective on the "strange and uncertain times that we are in" as he delivered a major address in South Africa Tuesday. Mr. Obama was invited to give the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, where he spoke to a large and enthusiastic crowd. While his comments largely focused on the life lessons of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela (also known as Madiba) and the road ahead for global democracy, Mr. Obama also touched on the problem of racism, the "politics of fear," and the threat posed by rising authoritarianism. His remarks came just one day President Trump's controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Here is the full transcript of his address, as provided by the office of the former president: PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. To Mama Graça Machel, members of the Mandela family, the … [Read more...] about Former President Obama’s full speech in South Africa
Is the presidency just too big to handle? John Dickerson, co-host of "CBS This Morning" penned a lengthy cover story for The Atlantic on how the magnitude of the office itself might be its own greatest impediment. He sat down with Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg for an interview in the new "Face the Nation" studio to dive deep into the scale of the presidency. JEFFREY GOLDBERG: Hello, and welcome to the first and possibly last edition of "Face the Atlantic." I'm Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic and my guest is John Dickerson, Atlantic contributing writer who also has a day job at CBS, co-host of "CBS This Morning," former moderator of "Face the Nation" and author of The Atlantic magazine's cover story, "How the Presidency Became Impossible." And we're going to talk today about the presidency. John, you know more about the presidency than many people including presidents. It's disconcerting how much you know about the presidency. So let's just jump … [Read more...] about POTUS: The hardest job in the world?