Matthews: Obama Will Be ‘Post-Presidential Nelson Mandela’

MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews declared that President Obama “is going to be a post-presidential Nelson Mandela” during Monday’s coverage of President Obama’s speech at the UN.

Matthews stated, “I thought…this was going to be a real effort on the part of his speechwriter and [the] president, they worked hard on this. I think a couple things. The swipe at Donald Trump, clearly. The laying down of the marker for his negotiations with Putin, clearly there, saying he disagrees about the legitimacy of the Assad regime. But what I saw there was the post-presidential Obama, the man he wants to become when he moves to New York, where he paid great tribute to the city of New York, he is going to be a post-presidential Nelson Mandela. He’s going to be a man of the world, selling democracy, claiming credit for climate change initiatives, with opening to Cuba, with trade deals. He is laying down all the values he is going to be spending the rest of his life, I believe, promoting. Today we saw it as an away game, it will soon be a home game for him. He will be a presidential figure who’s become a global leader.”

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