Travel Diary: President Mandela and Secretary Clinton

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 8, 2009
Clinton and Mandela

Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Behind the Scenes PhotosToday, Secretary Clinton met with former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The following is a transcript of the Secretary's comments following her meeting with former President Nelson Mandela this afternoon in Johannesburg, South Africa:

"I had a chance to see Madiba today. But I also got to see the archives and some of the archival material that is being displayed for the first time. And I saw with my own eyes the very careful recordkeeping that Madiba did do during his life which will be a treasure trove of information, of memories, of lessons and guidance that generations to come will be able to learn from. And to be there and to see the pictures of him as a young man and to know so much about his life, it of course inspires in me not only an even greater admiration for his publc work, but an even greater affection for the man. This was such a challenge that he bore and bore with such grace. And as he has often said, he kept improving on himself, which I think is a lesson for us all. And you can see that in the recordings of his days. What he was doing. What he was thinking. The discipline that he brought to a life filled with so many great achievements, not only for him personally but for South Africa and the world."



California, USA
August 8, 2009

Normita in California writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton:

When you and the Honorable Nelson Mandela smile, the whole world smiles with you! Such a beautiful expression of respect, courage and compassion, rolled into one.

I am so proud to be following your travel through your diary. Thank you for your commitment to represent us in service to our fellowmen here in the U.S. and around the globe. You make this vast continent closer to us, and for that I am grateful.

May your travel be safe and fruitful. God bless you and everyone you touch.

a proud hillaryvillager

August 9, 2009

Rose P. writes:

I am so happy to see these two great friends together and free and dignified to be who they are and want to be! The only grief I feel is my absence next to them both which I believe is a denied destiny and should be happening soon or the process within which has enabled them to sit next to one another and happy with their destiny has a missing link! which the Rose Revolution of Compasson and Rose Prophecy that has created and spread the knoweldge with which the world appreciates Assertive Women like Hilary Clinton & those who have sacrifised for humanity like Mandella! The Rose Village I was to make and will, is blocked for the fear of the power within of one woman! The fear that has caused wars and violence throughout the world and the imbalance of it has cost humanity regression beyond belief that must be made up by the change of patterns of leadership in creating Global Historical Destiny! I saw a powerful woman being her husband's cheer leader when Bill Clinton became a president and when I sent my books I wathed them both evolve; President Clinton to center from the far left and lack of self knowledge and depth and values that cost him a great deal and I saw Hilary evolve from being a cheer leader waking up to her loss of faith of a man she had put all of her life into building! We must always rise from our own ashes to be able to bring others with us in our flight of our destiny not investing on someone else without focusing on our own power within. today the couple are a dynamic couple and a political examples of an evolved politics beyond the gender!

South Korea
August 10, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to..

it`s good picture. very good.
will not be oneself and will remain and live for citizen

how about flu, H1N1?
(oh,i lost, it`s ordinary? There is not a knowledge entirely and question gives. If the person who works from the laboratory case will answer easily)

New Mexico, USA
August 12, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Mr. Mandela is one of those rare souls "blessed by adversity" ( to borrow John McCain's self assesment) who continues to inspire new generations to seek a better path.

I'm given to understand that he recently made mention he's "suffering the indignities of aging."

I wonder what he'd think about this 49 year old "youngster's" thinking that the classic adage: "Age is a matter of mind over matter, if you don't mind, it doesn't matter" applies in his case.

I'm sure he knows about the first part, having been a successful practitioner most of his life, it's the second part I wonder about.

In any case, Here's to your health Nelson, may you live long and prosper! Many thanks for all you've done in the name of freedom.


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