The President flip-flopped on his stance on the matter, having said past year he believed Russian Federation was behind the interference, but back-pedaling Monday to claim he believed Putin's account that Russian Federation was not involved. Without facts there's no basis for cooperation.
According to the Daily Mail, while referring to Trump, our forever FLOTUS said: "There's something wrong with us as women that we would make that choice... we can't be okay with mediocrity with men, but demand excellence from women".
In a clear reference to Mr. Trump's repeated claim that climate change is "a hoax", Mr. Obama said it is impossible to "find common ground" if a politician ignores the consensus of nearly all scientists. Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the '90s, now you're hearing people talk about the end of democracy and the triumph of tribalism and the strongman. "If you start saying it's an elaborate hoax, where do we start?"
"Unfortunately, too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth", Obama said. And you can't do it if you insist that those who aren't like you because they are white or they are male, somehow there is no way they can understand what I'm feeling, that somehow they lack standing to speak on certain matters. We see it in the growth of state-sponsored propaganda.
And he noted the "utter loss of shame among political leaders when they're caught in a lie and they just double down and lie some more", warning that the denial of facts - such as that of climate change - could be the undoing of democracy.
"All across the world", Obama said, in the 20th century "democracy challenged dictatorships".
GETTY Nelson Mandela day Obama seemed to take a dig at current US politicians during his speech
"In the west you've got far-right parties that oftentimes are based on platforms of protectionism and closed borders and barely hidden racial nationalism", Obama said.
"Social media [as it is] now being used spread hatred, paranoia and conspiracy theories instead of knowledge, ideas and cultural linkages", he said.
On this day marking the centennial of his birth, we commemorate Nelson Mandela's lifetime of service.
And as if in reply, the crowd of 15,000 people who gathered in the cricket stadium in the bitter winter cold responded with a chant: "Yes, we can".
"In honour of Madiba, we want to see factories owned by black people so that their participation in the economy is not confined to share ownership skills only", he said. From the Berlin Wall coming down?
After 27 years in prison in South Africa, Mandela was released in 1990 and became the country's first black president four years later. This year's theme is titled "Renewing the Mandela Legacy & Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World", more than 4,000 people are expected to attend. I am simply stating the facts.
Former President of Liberia, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is now in South Africa to join in the celebration of the 100th centenary anniversary of President Nelson Mandela birth, in South Africa.