‘Strongman politics are ascendant suddenly’: Key moments from Obama’s Mandela lecture

‘Strongman politics are ascendant suddenly’: Key moments from Obama’s Mandela lecture


And a politics of fear and resentment
and retrenchment began to appear, and that kind of politics
is now on the move. It’s on the move at a pace that
would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago.
I am not being alarmist, I am simply stating the facts. Look around. Strongman politics are ascendant suddenly,
whereby elections and some pretence of democracy are maintained – the form
of it – but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm
that gives democracy meaning. In the West, you’ve got far-right parties
that oftentimes are based not just on platforms of protectionism and closed borders,
but also on barely hidden racial nationalism. The free press is under attack. Censorship
and state control of media is on the rise. Social media – once seen as a mechanism
to promote knowledge and understanding and solidarity – has proved to be
just as effective promoting hatred and paranoia and propaganda
and conspiracy theories. In fact, it is in part because of the failures
of governments and powerful elites to squarely address the shortcomings and contradictions
of this international order that we now see much of the world threatening to return to
an older, a more dangerous, a more brutal way of doing business. But he believed, as I believe, that you can
be proud of your heritage without denigrating those of a different heritage. In fact,
you dishonor your heritage. It would make me think that you’re
a little insecure about your heritage if you’ve got to put somebody else’s
heritage down. Yeah, that’s right. That these people who are so intent
on putting people down and puffing themselves up that they’re small-hearted,
that there’s something they’re just afraid of. We have to actually believe
in an objective reality. This is another one of these things
that I didn’t think I had to lecture about. You have to believe in facts. Without facts,
there is no basis for cooperation. If I say this is a podium and
you say this is an elephant, it’s going to be hard
for us to cooperate. I can’t find common ground if somebody
says climate change is just not happening, when almost all of the
world’s scientists tell us it is. I don’t know where to start talking to you
about this. If you start saying it’s an elaborate hoax, I don’t know what to
– where do we start? Unfortunately, too much of politics today
seems to reject the very concept of objective truth. People just make stuff up.
They just make stuff up. We see it in the growth of state-sponsored propaganda;
we see it in internet driven fabrications, we see it in the blurring of lines between
news and entertainment, we see the utter loss of shame
among political leaders where they’re caught in a lie and they just
double down and they lie some more. Look, let me say … Politicians have always lied, but it
used to be if you caught them lying they’d be like, “Oh man.”
Now they just keep on lying. They just …

72 Comments

  • Al Ariana Grande Cappuccino I I I says:

    Well we've had years of weak man politics haven't we Obama?

  • Novocastrian Winter says:

    Ah yes Obama where did you go I was missing you.
    Or should I say Barry Soetoro, you're a fraud, probably gay, kids probably adopted, and Michelle is Michael.
    Oh and how's Libya? You know that once stable country in Africa you had returned to slave days, no wonder the people in Europe are unhappy.
    The climate change agenda is a scam, Trump did correct thing in scrapping it.
    Oh and talking about lies, I seem to remember you scoffed at questions of USA election being meddled in by foreign countries, all along you knew what was happening that it was us the British who were interfering in your "sacred coronation" of an election.
    You're the worlds biggest hypocrite but I admire your Hollywood factor and smooth words.

  • Speaking My Mind says:

    He was the weakest boy to ever sit in our WH. All he did in 8 yrs was turn America upside down. Piece of Shit💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

  • F8oK8 says:

    We miss you terribly, President Obama!! It's so nice to see someone presidential: intelligent, focused, interested in helping the cause of freedom and democracy.

  • David K Smith says:

    The antichrist is being held back, until it's time for him to come into power, when revealed sitting in the temple of God, in Jerusalem, as though he is God.

  • Jonathan Carr says:

    Nice to hear from you again mate

  • JonnyRed801 says:

    People are asking "why do we need mass migration?"
    "Why can't we manufacture the stuff we need right here at home?"

    Giving the awnser 'don't give in to the politics of fear' won't wash anymore.

    This is why so called 'populists' are doing so well nowadays,

    The politicians defending the status quo have no answers…

  • sl3ptsolong says:

    "Without facts there's no basis for cooperation"

    Anyone else think he was going to let the world know there are only TWO GENDERS?

  • Genesis event10000 says:

    "Politics of fear and resentment….."

    8 years of Obama.

  • John Stokes says:

    God damn we miss you!

  • Peter B. Sims says:

    He's Presidential.

  • Yougottabe Dryhumpinme says:

    Obama is only knowledgeable about a weak man's behind your back politics and how you can read a teleprompter to arrive there. While under Obama, the USA went from Russia "reset" to Russia "regret." Obama laid out the red carpet for the Erdogan dictatorship in Turkey, and Obama is already on record as the worst economic and foreign relations POTUS since the Great Depression in the USA. His smug sense of entitlement is the emodiment of the Democratic Party.

  • Step Child says:

    Obama the weak. Thank God he's not president anymore. I think people forget that at the end of his 8 years as president we almost went to war with China. Anybody remember the "Cradle of War" statement?

  • Blood In The water says:

    Ugh I thought I'd never have to see his ugly mug on a video ever again. Thank God it's on YouTube and not on television. Adios sucker.

  • Steve Parks says:

    Bye bye, Mr. Obama. You're not missed.

  • Blazed and Confused says:

    Exactly how high is your kill count Obomba?

  • Daniel McKinney says:

    I am so glad he's not our president anymore. His New World Order, globalist agenda has been held off for the moment.

  • Drew Crawford says:

    Goodbye and good riddance to garbage.

  • Steeler Nation3000 says:

    Is this a nightmare? oh no I'm watching Guardian. I almost thought there for a second we actually had Obama back. Piss to the wind Obama. You deserve no better.

  • Ava Fury says:

    Stick to painting murals and playing shuffleboard now Obummer.

  • Sumit Sharma says:

    All this is true about what is happening in India too. All of it.

  • WildwoodCastle says:

    No one promoted fear, hatred and racism more that Obama. He weakened the US and apologized before tyrants and human rights abusers…

  • Sammy Walker says:

    Most of the problems we have in America now are because of what happened during the eight years of Obama. Thanks Obama. You are cancer.

  • SherTheDugtrio_YT says:

    Obama is the best president of America! I wish he continues to be president! 😀
    Donald Trump just say but he don't do anything so I call he: "Donal Trump = Donald Duck!" XD

  • sng1867 says:

    Obama is a far better leader than Trump and conservatives agree

  • superplan89 says:

    So u guys like a weak trump, bowing to Putin

  • Mooemoney says:

    let ask afani children family killed by obama drones abou obamas human right record

  • Björn Hellman says:

    Is he now starting his charm offensive to world power. Is he the man as per scriptures. I think so

  • Peter Cowan says:

    Amazing how he keeps talking about himself. He is a bad loser.

  • Pitti-Sing says:

    Now that's a POTUS

  • bob fleischer says:

    Just GO AWAY!!

  • Sticks and Stones with Mike. says:

    So strongman politics results in zero new conflicts while your weakman politics bombed 7 nations, started new conflicts & caused the biggest humanitarian crisis since WW2….
    You tell us this in a country that is openly calling for and carrying out genocide. Why not go back to belittling the victims of mass murder while praising the ideology of the terrorist murderers?
    You really are something special.

  • mark price says:

    What he means,democrats want open borders,let in anyone who wants to come in. And they want to change to socialist. Just stop all the double speak

  • Awesome Avenger says:

    If people never communicate with those they disagree with, they never have their own beliefs challenged. This is why I think it is wrong to demonise and dehumanize your moderate opposition.

    Because when you do that you leave yourself no space to move. And you find yourself making alliances against your own country's interests with people who want nothing but the worst for you. And that is something both the left and the right have been guilty of.

    A good leader is a leader who is respectful, moderate in his words, careful and considerate of all issues, and who acknowledges that even if many didn't vote for him, it is still his duty to represent and serve them as much as those who did.

  • bernice glover says:

    What is he trying to prove

  • Vivien Armstrong says:

    TRUTH spoken with ACCURACY. The measure of the man. Watching from Sydney Australia.

  • Glenn B says:

    Yeah this guy talking about tolerance,if Trump had done to Libya Syria and Ukraine what Obama did then the media would be off the chain.All of the drone strikes and dead people in the middle east,the biggest mass migration of people fleeing from all those radical jihadis they armed.All you lefties and your media gave him a free pass.
    You've seen how much influence Trump has,does anyone believe Obama didn't get a say in what happened over there,now that it matters over here with all the increase in terrorism and still he can do no wrong?
    He entered poor left the white house rich, it's a double standard,you know I'm right but still the left wing won't call him on it, that's why no one listens to the globalist liberal left anymore and if anything it's going to continue in that direction.

  • Vikrant Shah says:

    Such a cool man….

  • Mark C. says:

    We miss your true and erudite leadership, Mr. President.

  • Hannahcode1 says:

    Ignorant audience of a lying cheating Devil.

  • Gravemind says:

    Never forget that Mandela was a communist terrorist.

  • Have_At_IT says:

    No drama – fact based Obama is missed.

  • Patricia Crowell says:

    President Rocky Coolbreeze. "You have to believe in facts." Who's facts? Your facts?

  • Soral Ung says:

    I did not know that our former President is a comedian.

  • hg8droid says:

    Trump won because of the TREMENDOUS Obama failure. No need for further explanation. No wonder Hussein Obama is considered The worst POTUS ever. He simply achieved nothing, just rethorics once and again. Plenty of fancy words, zero substance. Useless words , zero results. Trump is getting the job done and he's doing it in a defying way: Reversing Obama's policies. One at a time.Therefore erasing Obama's legacy. No more evidence needed. Obama=Worst POTUS ever. Hussein Obama 8 years Term = 8 years wasted.

  • Tonic Shondlani says:

    Motsepe again? From now onward Motsepe is my president

  • CAROLE B. says:

    Your time is up… I used to love those speeches. Nice words but you're empty just like your speech inJapan about the war… I feel betrayed …you are also a liar but behind doors just like a Mafia Boss in a suit.
    And you forgot your people to be part of the 1 percent. Anyone on the Clinton side is not on my side and you defended her so desperately. Shame on you! You think you are better than Trump but your not.

  • pro G.S says:

    YEAH I WAS TRYING TO SAY WOULD WOULDN'T WOOOD WUFF STAFF TWITTER . I am laughing right now

  • Scott Wesley says:

    People aren't rejecting "basic truths", they are rejecting your ideology and your legacy as President.

  • ELVAN DYLIS says:

    God how I miss this man Barack Obama—his intelligence and compassion.

  • thejokerme says:

    This man built the divide in our nation. What a loser!

  • igor ponomarev says:

    What a straight moron, did everything he said was bad.

  • Michelle Wilson says:

    $65,000 for hotdogs flown in for the the White House? Please explain?

  • Walt Schmidt says:

    The Kenyan Muslim. Barry Sotoero….

  • brenda mills says:

    he has the same communist speech writer ……..still, george soro's boy……hilarious that barry is talking about "facts"…………….LOL!…………TRUTH ……….LOL!……still, the same liar……WHERE'S MICHAEL?

  • Nimble Pumpkin says:

    The founder of ISIS.

  • James Wingfield says:

    As your speaking in a country that is killing and kicking white people out of its country

  • mik 23nh says:

    O look another murderer

  • Clement GAVI says:

    'You have to believe in fact'
    For fact being what is, the real one cannot say the real as how the real is not. Thus when we the people of Togo at West Africa are saying we dealing with bloody criminal dictators and their racists supporters we are describing facts. It is because the reality is as such that's why when we are saying the regime is an evil terror regime we are saying the true. And that's when people like Tony Blair are trying to say the opposite they are in lie.

  • M M says:

    Calm, coherent, collected, classy: Obama. Deceptive, deceitful, dividing, disingenuous: The Don.

  • Hayden H says:

    Use my tax dollar for criminals please, wait, I'll put a check in the mail right now.

  • era hymne says:

    Spoken like a true disciple of saul Alinsky….. double think double speak in full effect right here…… kelargi PLAN/rules for radical….. people in here better get their nose in these doctrines or be owned by the ones that live by them…..

  • Mark Byers says:

    he has perfectly described himself as the liar in chief. Hope he finds his birth certificate while he is in Kenya for his family reunion.

  • Michigan D says:

    Total Globalist tool, worst president since Jimmy Carter, someone that promised Russia more flexibility and 20% of America's Uranium. Trump hasn't even come close to Russian collusion looking at your record Soetoro. Even your name, phony, your SS#, phony. All your records sealed, what is it you hide, what are you so ashamed of in your past? Your past is phony, just like you. True Globalist buffoon.

  • John Briscoe says:

    Still an insufferable jerk.

  • Donald Fann says:

    A "strongman" is a real leader, a leader, whom Obama can never comprehend as he is not one of them. Obama leads from behind, and he is a total disgrace to the position he was elected.

  • steve thomas says:

    His Speeches are depressing and not uplifting anymore.. I voted for him.. But go away.. .. I listen to his speeches in the beginning of presidency and compare them to now.. Its like different realities and complete opposite of how he once was.. .. hes let Trump get into his head and he blames his failed policies as if its everyone else s faught and he plays the weak victim card over and over.. Its like his last card hes got.. Im so ashamed i voted for him..

  • JustThoughts says:

    Perfectly discribing himself …

  • Heimdall's Gate says:

    Haha nice edit gaurdian watch the whole speech this is a joke…

  • Anonymous Citizen says:

    Thank you my fellow Americans!

  • tont760 says:

    Obama won on such a desperate wave of hope, and once he got into office, nothing improved unless your in the top 10%. Nothing. Do your homework and educate yourself. I'm sick of people saying what an eloquent speaker he is. How easily distracted these people must be.

  • Lions 88 says:

    Obama’s legacy: IF IF IF IF IF IF IF

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