MSNBC started carrying the memorial service — more like a celebration — of Nelson Mandela at 4:00 a.m. ET. using the feed from South Africa Broadcasting. Over 100 world leaders and 90,000 people gathered in the rain at the FNB Stadium in Soweto. It’s a fitting place for the service since that was the focal point of so many struggles against apartheid.
Among the names in the VIP shelter, there was a wide selection, including President Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, French President Francois Hollande, all alongside the likes of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Raul Castro. So in one way, Mr. Mandela was a great uniter, even if it makes for some interesting seating arrangements.
I’m wondering how long it will be before we see some wingnut tweet “If Nelson Mandela was so great, how come Ronald Reagan didn’t go to his funeral? Huh?”