Nelson Mandela was undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, living one of the most consequential lives anyone can possibly live. He will be remembered forever. Here’s a statement by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. I’ll post additional statements as I see them.
Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Passing of Nelson Mandela
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this evening following the news of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
“It is with great sadness that we have all learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the true giants of history. Affectionately known by his Xhosa clan name of ‘Madiba,’ Nelson Mandela lived a life that broke down barriers, tore down walls, and lifted up a nation, a people, and a world. All Virginians can learn from his example, and I encourage the citizens of this state, especially our young people, to take this moment to study the life of Nelson Mandela. He has shown us the incredible good one person can do; he has demonstrated the unique, positive power each life contains. I wish his family, and all the people of South Africa, the very best in these trying times. This is a better world for the long and uplifting life of Nelson Mandela.”
UDPATE: Sen. Tim Kaine (@timkaine) tweets: “The world has lost a great leader & advocate for equality w/loss of Pres. Mandela & I join millions across the globe in mourning his passing.” Sen. Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) tweets: “So sad to hear the news about Nelson Mandela. Few people in history have represented such a positive, lifelong force for change. RIP.” Rep. Jim Moran (@Jim_Moran) tweets, “World lost a great man today in Nelson Mandela. What an incredible life filled with courage and hope.”
UPDATE #2: Sen. Kaine sends out a formal statement. “The world has lost a great leader and advocate for equality with the loss of President Mandela but his legacy lives on in a democratic and free South Africa. I join millions across the globe in mourning his passing and hope his life will continue to inspire new generations of leaders to fight for more inclusive and just societies.”
UPDATE #3: Rep. Bobby Scott (@repbobbyscott) tweets: “#NelsonMandela’s life & legacy will always be a source of inspiration for all who seek freedom’s embrace.” Also see this photo. Rep. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) tweets, “Nelson Mandela’s passing reminds us that one transformative individual can make a profound and positive difference in this troubled world.”