Members of Congress sent their good wishes to former South African President Nelson Mandela this morning at a ceremony marking his 95th birthday.
“Scarcely a day goes by without us pointing to Mandela as an example, ” House Speaker John Boehner said in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, where a large photo of a smiling Mandela was center stage.
The event, organized by Boehner and the Congressional Black Caucus, honored the anti-apartheid revolutionary who’s been hospitalized since June 8 with a recurring lung infection. His granddaughter Zaziwe Manaway said yesterday he was in “critical but stable” condition and “doing much better,” Bloomberg’s Janice Kew reported.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Mandela “the George Washington of South Africa.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also attended.
— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 17, 2013