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It's easy to forget that he wasn't always the elder statesman

By Emily Kasriel  

It was a relief to hear Barack Obama rejecting the idea of a photo opportunity with Nelson Mandela, even if the chances of that were remote. As Mandela’s health remains critical, we wouldn’t want him to be forced to project these vulnerable private moments into the public sphere. We don’t know how his famously disciplined persona is coping with extreme ageing, and on some level would prefer not think about it. Instead, we would rather remember him walking out…

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