Although the Republicans in Congress have tried to thwart almost every effort put forth by the President up to now, Obama has not found a successful and winning way to deal with them. Perhaps his hero "Madiba" has a message in his life story for his young protégé Barack.
Saints are part of our shared humanity. Mandela has gone, but not really. He is still with us and has left such a powerful legacy that it is still alive within our consciousness. We are so sad that he has finally left this life, although we all knew that his body was finally getting old and tired.