It was the selfie heard 'round the world. But Kweku Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, said he didn’t mind that President Barack Obama took a quick pic with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron during the former South African president’s December funeral.
“Something we forget is that leaders don’t get together every day,” Mandela told Whispers. “They get together every few months, every few years, and so when they have an opportunity to hang out and be next to each other they want to take advantage.”
Mandela said he personally didn’t see the selfie get shot because he was down below with family, who were mourning but also celebrating the South African leader’s life.
“I think it’s just kind of people joking around,” he said of what Fox News called an international incident. “They are human like us, they want to have pictures of the person and I think it was just a silly, kind gesture.”
Mandela was just happy that Obama and the more than 100 world leaders came to send his grandpa off. “My granddad had a strong relationship with America from the time that he was released [from prison] -- with George Bush Sr. and then Bill Clinton, who he was extremely close to," Mandela noted. "He only got to meet Barack once, but obviously, as Barack stated, [Nelson Mandela] had a huge impact on his life and what he felt he was able to do."
Mandela visited Washington this week to promote the documentary “Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness,” which follows survivors from conflicts in Rwanda, Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland on their quests for forgiveness.