The (Nigerian) Daily Post:
US President, Barack Obama has ordered flags at the White House and other public and military places to be flown at half-mast till Monday, December 9 in honour of former South African leader, Nelson Mandela.
.... Meanwhile, Obama has announced his plans to travel down to South Africa, Mandela’s country home to pay him last tribute.
Our friend Mannie Sherberg observes:
.... On the subject of Obama's ratings, let me say that this morning I disapprove of his job performance even more than usual. I find it hard to believe he has ordered all American flags flown at half-staff today in honor of Nelson Mandela -- a man who strenuously defended such despotic thugs as Arafat, Castro, and Khadaffi -- while he never ordered a similar honor on behalf of one of our era's key defenders of freedom: the late and sorely missed Margaret Thatcher. This is both creepy and disgusting.
Meanwhile, Keith Koffler notes at White House Dossier that Obama's statement on Mandela's death was bound to be self-referential but is perhaps even worse:
I took a closer look at the statement and noticed . . . there’s nothing it in about the United States.
Nothing like, On behalf of all Americans . . . The people the United States mourn the loss of . . . I mean, this isn’t a statement by the president; it’s a statement by some guy who is personally upset and wants to praise a leader who deeply affected him on his important lifetime journey.
For a small bit of background on Mandela, you might want to check out "What do liars, cheaters and thieves have in common?" ~ courtesy of the (2008) BtB archives ~ in which I suggested that Mandela "must necessarily consider this incessant war on the Jews somehow admirable."