2013-12-08 – The Republican National Committee today tweeted its condolences to the President of South Africa over the tragic death of Morgan Freeman:
Condolences @SAPresident. #MorganFreeman will be missed. From Shawshank Prison to President of nation. Grateful for saving Earth from comet.
When reporters pointed out that Morgan Freeman had not died but that Nelson Mandella had died, and that Mandella did not save the Earth from a comet but ended South African apartheid the RNC tweeted:
Condolences @SAPresident. #NelsonMandella. #MorganFreeman convincing as Mandella in #Invictus. Natural mistake. Can’t tell them apart. LOL.
Five minutes later the RNC tweeted:
#RNCApology @SAPresident. Don’t mean that all African Americans look alike. Freeman just did a great job portraying Mandella in #Invictus.
And five minutes later again:
#RNCApology@SAPresident. Don’t mean that #NelsonMandella was African American. He was great African African. Sorry he died but he was #old.
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In tribute to the life of Nelson Mandella, here is the poem that inspired him during his 27 years in Victor Verster Prison.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.