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What he stood for is the best of mankind. A forgiveness that is all too hard for the rest of us. His visit to America was huge. It made some politicians very nervous. One member of the George H.W. Bush administration called to warn me that standing up for Mandela would be a disaster. I told him, “You have no idea what you are talking about. This man represents the best of mankind fighting evil.”

From the New York parade to the West Coast,America witnessed a man named Mandela with affection and admiration.

Later, he used pragmatism and determination to turn the tide for South Africa. It was not easy. It was not a full success, but in the end,Madiba stood up against an intolerable evil. For those of us who met Nelson Mandela, however briefly, one thing is clear. We witnessed a man who was wise, bold and unrelenting, and believed humanity could be better.