That phrase was also uttered at 7:22 a.m. at the Petersen House across from Ford's Theatre on April 15, 1865 by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton when President Abraham Lincoln passed away after being shot the evening before.
The parallels between Messrs. Lincoln and Mandela are quite striking, and I believe Mr. Obama was emphasizing that fact in his choice of words.
Marc Raim, Baltimore
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