I heard it in the reverential way they said his name, madiba.
Perhaps madiba was right that he inherited, “a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” from his father.
There are too many people who claim solidarity with madiba,” Obama said, “but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.
Each and every one of us has to find the madiba within ourselves, and act on it.
And while I will always fall short of madiba's example, he makes me want to be a better man.
“As a friend, madiba was to people one-on-one the same way he was as leader to his adversaries who he put in government,” he said.
To madiba, the father of his own nation and an essential friend of ours.
But madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait.