Obama gives Trump sharp rebuke in Mandela address on values

Former US President Barack Obama speaks during the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg

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"It's tempting right now to give in to cynicism". "To believe that recent shifts in global politics are too powerful to push back against". That the pendulum has swung permanently. "If you start saying it's an elaborate hoax, I don't know where to start".

"Given the unusual and uncertain times that we are in".

Barack Obama has condemned Donald Trump for his "utter loss of shame" during his first major speech since leaving the White House.

The eagerly awaited speech by Mr Obama will be live-streamed from Johannesburg at 14:45 local time (12:45GMT) by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

"When economic power is concentrated on the few, political power is sure to follow, and this eats away at democracy", Obama said.

"It is in part because of the failures of governments and powerful elites... that we now see much of the world threatening to return to an older, more risky, more brutal way of doing business", Obama said.

"The only way to address climate change‚ mass migration‚ pandemic disease is to develop more worldwide cooperation‚ not less".




Madiba would welcome the greatest progress we have made in massively expanding access to education for the black child, Ramaphosa said. The challenge, he said, was "the power of fear ... the lasting hold of greed, the desire to dominate others, in the minds of many - especially men".

Obama has generally kept a low profile since leaving office and has avoided criticizing his successor directly.

And, Stremlau says, he laid out a roadmap for his own Democratic Party, which is trying to win back a congressional majority in midterm elections later this year. "Every generation has the opportunity to remake the world", Obama said. "We can't hide behind a wall". (Here, the former president is considered a native son, though he was born in Hawaii and did not visit Kenya for the first time until 1987.) TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty ImagesWELCOMING 44Residents of Nyang'oma line the road, waving American flags.TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty ImagesWAVING TO THE CROWDObama on the move with his half sister Auma.

"There is something that we call the Madiba or the Mandela effect, and this is having worldwide repercussions because the legacy that he left for world, was to see that no matter how desperate and hard a situation is, if there is a determination and a will you can actually sit down and come to a solution, it might not be the ideal solution, but it will be a solution to assist the process to give a better result".

Last week, Trump told reporters in the United Kingdom that immigration is changing the culture of Europe in a negative way.

Obama said he believed in Nelson Mandela's vision of "equality and freedom and multiracial democracy", and that "a world governed by such principles is possible, and it can achieve more peace, and more cooperation in pursuit of a common good". The Johannesburg platform was carefully chosen to evoke the memory of Mr. Mandela, the South African liberation hero who had inspired Mr. Obama's first act of political activism: his decision as a young college student to join the anti-apartheid movement. Add Barack Obama as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Barack Obama news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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