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Obama: We Are in Strange and Uncertain Times

"But given the stage and uncertain times that we are in, and they are strange and they are uncertain," Obama said.

By NTK Staff | 07.17.2018 @10:05am

Former President Barack Obama declared that the world is living through “strange and uncertain times” during a speech at the 16th annual Nelson Mandela lecture in South Africa on Tuesday.

“When my staff told me that I was to deliver a lecture, I thought back to the stuffy old professor in bow ties and tweed, and I wondered if this was one more sign of the stage of life that I’m entering,” Obama joked.

Obama added that he “thought about the American press and how they often got frustrated at my longwinded answers at press conferences, when my responses didn’t conform to two-minute soundbites.”

“But given the stage and uncertain times that we are in, and they are strange and they are uncertain,” Obama said, “with each day’s news cycle’s bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines, I thought maybe it would be useful to step back for a moment and try and get some perspective.”

Obama’s remarks come one day after President Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Sweden, which drew backlash from both sides of the aisle.

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