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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

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Today, from the White House Briefing Room, President Obama delivered a statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela.

This afternoon, from the White House Briefing Room, President Obama delivered a statement on the passing of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, calling him "a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice."

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela, in the James. S. Brady James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2013.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela, in the James S. Brady Briefing Room of the White House, Dec. 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

"We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," the President said. "So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set:  to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice."

Read the President's full remarks here.