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President Barack Obama gives a tribute to Nelson Mandela at his public memorial on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. "To the people of South Africa -- people of every race and every walk of life -- the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us," Obama said.

President Barack Obama gives a tribute to Nelson Mandela at his public memorial on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. "To the people of South Africa -- people of every race and every walk of life -- the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us," Obama said.

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Obama, world leaders praise 'giant of history' at Mandela memorial

They gathered in the tens of thousands -- presidents, prime ministers, royals, celebrities and ordinary South Africans -- all united to say farewell to a man hailed as a global symbol of reconciliation.