Politicians paid tribune Thursday to civil rights icon Nelson Mandela after South African President Jacob Zuma announced the death of that country’s first black president.
I will never forget my friend Madiba. pic.twitter.com/UX21ZZG7cg
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 5, 2013
In a way, Mandela was both the “George Washington” and “Abraham Lincoln” of his country. We’re so fortunate to have lived in his time.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) December 5, 2013
May the life of Nelson Mandela long stand as the ultimate tribute to the triumph of hope. pic.twitter.com/Bgv5TpayBW
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom showed an enduring faith in God and respect for human dignity http://t.co/WoDe0qO05A
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) December 5, 2013
In the modern age, Nelson Mandela will be remembered as an unsurpassed healer of human hearts.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela changed the world for the better. I was honored to meet him in 2000, and like many, I was moved by his dedication to freedom.
— Paul Ryan (@PRyan) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela demonstrated a lifelong commitment to justice and human rights, and his legacy should serve as an example for all of us.
— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) December 5, 2013
We mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa. http://t.co/lotgBrZw0m
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela taught us about humanity in the face of inhumanity, & left an unjust world a more just place. May he rest in peace.
— Sen. Robert Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela was a champion for justice & human dignity, with unmatched grace. I’ll remember him as Madiba, truly an unconquerable soul.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 6, 2013
It is a sad and somber day when the world loses a hero of such vision–a man who literally changed the world. #Mandela
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) December 5, 2013
Just learned that Nelson Mandela, 95, has gone to his reward. Awesome, wonderful man.
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela, whose courage and character inspired South Africa and the world. My recent remarks on his legacy http://t.co/vRSgL6whZZ
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 5, 2013
Just learned of the death of Nelson Mandela. One of the truly great ones is gone.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) December 5, 2013
I am deeply saddened to learn that Nelson Mandela has passed. He was a remarkable man who leaves a lasting and powerful legacy.
— Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) December 5, 2013
Few people in the history of the world have had a greater impact than President Mandela. May God bless him and his family.
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) December 5, 2013
Today marks the passing of one of the world’s great leaders and visionaries, Nelson Mandela. Farewell, Madiba. http://t.co/HerYzsPbMJ
— Al Gore (@algore) December 5, 2013