I am well aware that The Onion is a satirical web site. After Nelson Mandela’s passing, The Onion offered a remarkably believable fabricated quote, “Today we lost not only an international hero and a symbol of the resilient human spirit, but also the very first political figure ever who people actively wish was still alive and affecting world affairs.” Mandela was such a revered figure that even The Onion turned its satire toward others out of respect for a man of his stature. I recall how when he was sworn in as president of Africa, he was gracious enough to invite his former jailers to the ceremony,
To be fair, a Twitter friend reminded me of Kennedy and Churchill. We needed to look back 50 years to find another beloved politician. Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela.