U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech on the life of Nelson Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa, describing the late South African president as "the last great liberator of the 20th century," and compared him to the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.
"Given the sweep of his life, the scope of his accomplishments, the adoration that he so rightly earned, it's tempting I think to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait," Obama said at the service attended by over 90 world dignitaries in front of tens of thousands of people.
"Instead, Madiba insisted on sharing with us his doubts and his fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. 'I am not a saint,' he said, 'unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.'" more >>
Michelle Obama stole the spotlight at the 2013 Kennedy Honors reception held at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.
The First Lady and President Barak Obama arrived hand-in-hand at the event, which was held in the White House's East Room on Dec. 8 and honored artists such as Billy Joel and Herbie Hancock.
Although the Honors recognize major artists who have influenced American culture, Mrs. Obama caught much of the attention in an emerald green custom-made Marchesa gown that featured a fitted bodice and fly-away sleeves. more >>
A new congressional hearing has been set next week for American pastor Saeed Abedini's case, with his wife, Naghmeh, and the American Center for Law and Justice hoping that President Barack Obama and Congress will make saving his life a top priority.
"The life of a U.S. citizen – whose only 'crime' is his Christian faith – is at stake," said ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow.
The law group, which represents Naghmeh and the couple's two children in the U.S., has been pushing hard for the pastor's release, calling on the Obama administration to do everything possible to get him back home to his family. Abedini, who is currently serving eight years in prison, was transferred last month from the political prisoner ward of Evin prison to the violent criminal ward of Rajai Shahr prison, which the ACLJ described as "the deadliest prison in Iran." more >>
A boy with a rare type of cancer who had his health insurance plan canceled after the Affordable Care Act took effect in October is inspiring many to turn to God.
Hunter Alford is a 7-year-old boy from Gainesville, Texas, who was born with a deadly and rare type of cancer called Plexiform Hishocyne Neoplasm, and he began making headlines in late November when his family announced that he could not continue receiving his costly chemotherapy treatment after the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, took effect.
Along with technological difficulties, the Obamacare rollout in October also received criticism because it canceled millions of Americans' existing health insurance plans, even though President Barack Obama previously promised that those who liked their existing plan could keep it. President Obama then announced that he had worked out a series of loopholes to allow some Americans to keep their existing plans for another year, although insurance companies then responded by saying it would be impossible to reverse the cancellation of policies. more >>
Nelson Mandela's death on Thursday, Dec. 5 shocked the entire world, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Poignantly, Kate Middleton and Prince William were guests of honor at the Royal premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" in London at the time that they learned of the remarkable leader's death.
"I just wanted to say, it's extremely sad and tragic news," William said after learning of Mandela's death, and directly after viewing the film about his life on Thursday night. "We are just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was." more >>
Newly elected Rep. Vance McAllister (R-Swartz), heavily backed by outspoken Christian family the Robertsons of "Duck Dynasty," said he prays every day for President Barack Obama, and even though he recognizes that they have differences, he maintains that the president deserves the respect of the office that he holds.
"I pray for him every day and hope he makes the right decisions and has the right convictions, but I know his convictions are true to himself, they're just not true to what we believe," McAllister said in an interview, according to "The Fine Print."
"I'll never be one that you'll see tear down or say blasphemous stuff about our president because he deserves the respect of the office that he holds, but we can agree to disagree all the time." more >>