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The Day George Bush Killed Off Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite a gaffe by US President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader's death in a speech yesterday.

"It's out there," said Achmat Dangor of the Nelson Mandela Foundation of Mr Bush's comment, which received worldwide media coverage. "All we can do is reassure people, especially South Africans, that President Mandela is alive," he said.

In a speech defending his administration's Iraq policy, Mr Bush said former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's brutality had made it impossible to unite the country.

"I heard somebody say, 'Where's Mandela?'," he said.

"Well, Mandela's dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas."

The bizarre gaffe was made in a press conference in Washington yesterday.

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How embarrasing for you. The President's quote was a compliment to Mandela. A leader during tyranny who comes out the other side to lead his nation out of darkness. A moral man. None exist in Iraq. Saddam had them killed. That's Bush's point. He did not say Mandela has passed. It's respectful to wish there was a Mandela in Iraq. Should we just not bring his name up until the 89 year old passes away? The original question that the President was referring to was someone asking: "Where is this region's (middle east) Mandela?" Is that person to be derided as someone who mistakenly thought that a frail 89 year-old Mandela was making the rounds, dodging jihadists in Iraq? I really can't believe that someone would have misunderstood the President's evoking of Mandela's name in his statement. I can believe this though:

As one of the legions of faceless, nameless, wise-ass, know-it-all bloggers to get yet another shot in at George Bush... you should be embarrased. You should be embarrased that you're among a generation of kids who are getting their "news" snippets from YouTube, the daily show, and fellow bloggers.

I am an American living in South Africa, and as I have now read that accurate transcription of Bush's comment, I see that he was not actually under the impression that Mandela is not alive. The fact that this incident has been blown so out of proportion, is, however, indacative of how much people all over the world dislike George Bush. I am, in fact, among that "generation of kids" that, as a result of the extreme bias in whatever you apparently deem to be respectable news media, can no longer trust the objectivity of "news". And you should be embarrassed, not only because you spelled "embarrassed" incorrectly, but also because you have stereotyped an incredibly competent, capable, and aware generation of youth of which I am proud to be a part of.

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