George HW Bush's office in Mandela gaffe

2013-09-01 18:06
(Denis Farrell, AP)

(Denis Farrell, AP)

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Washington - Ex-US president George HW Bush's office mistakenly announced the death of former president Nelson Mandela on Sunday morning.

The elder statesman was discharged from a Pretoria hospital after almost three months and returned to his home in Houghton, which had been reconfigured to ensure he received the correct intensive care.

"The 41 stmnt sent this morning was the result of my mis-reading the header on the WaPo news flash. Stupid mistake by me. Apologies to all." Bush's spokesperson, Jim McGrath, tweeted on Sunday morning.

The statement read: "Barbara and I mourn the passing of one of the greatest believers in freedom we have had the privilege to know.

"As President, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment - setting a powerful example of redemption and grace for us all. He was a man of tremendous moral courage, who changed the course of history in his country.

"Barbara and I had great respect for President Mandela, and send our condolences to his family and countrymen."


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