World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans honored Nelson Mandela on Tuesday at a Soweto soccer stadium that was two-thirds full amid cold, driving rain.
“His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph,” President Barack Obama said in an address to the cheering crowd. As Obama walked to the podium, he and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands.
Former President Jimmy Carter, who was at the memorial, called the handshake “significant.”
“I think it was something significant,” Carter told CNN. “I hope that will be an omen for the future.”