Obama keeping Mandela in 'thoughts and prayers'

Obviously, we’re all deeply concerned about Nelson Mandela’s health. He’s a hero I think to all of us. I’m sure that I speak for the other leaders here. And we will be keeping him in our thoughts and prayers, and his entire family.

He is as strong physically as he’s been in character and in leadership over so many decades, and hopefully he will, he will come out of this latest challenge.

But we all recognise that he has given everything to his people, the people of South Africa, and to the people of the continent, and he’s ended up being an inspiration to all of us.

When we think of a single individual that embodies the kind of leadership qualities that we all aspire to, the first name that comes up is Nelson Mandela. And all of us wish him all the very best.

– President Obama

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Mandela spends first day home

Nelson Mandela is spending his first day at home after being released from hospital following his lengthy treatment for pneumonia.