Early Thursday evening President Obama gave a statement from the White House regarding the tragic loss of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Obama captured Mandela's long and heroic political journey perfectly, sharing many kind words:
"He achieved more then could be expected of any man, and today he’s gone home. And we’ve lost one of the most influential and courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.”
Ch-ch-check out the official statement (above) starting at 13:30.
[Video via White House]