Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader's death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq.[…]
Jailed for 27 years for fighting white minority rule, Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for preaching racial harmony and guiding the nation peacefully into the post-apartheid era.
References to his death -- Mandela is now 89 and increasingly frail -- are seen as insensitive in South Africa.
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If it makes South Africans feel any better--and at this point it might, or it might not--most Americans are pretty mortified by the whole thing, too.
All we can tell you is, when Bush starts making that chopping motion with his hand, it's the universal sign that he's not speaking for a single American citizen.