Barack Obama Gives Speech In South Africa

Barck Obama delivered his speech in Johannesburg, South Africa at the 16th Nelson Mandel Annual Lecture. The former president addressed lying politicians and defended democracy. Watch the full speech below and read the full transcript here.

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 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. 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.

source – cnn, time

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