Bill, Hillary and Obama’s tweets and posts about Nelson Mandela are very self-centered. The Clintons called him Madiba; the name used for him out of affection, and Bill’s tweet showed him sitting with Mandela (“my friend Madiba”). The WH posted a photo of Obama visiting Mandela’s prison cell. Bush 43 on the other hand did nothing of this kind. His center simply released a short statement, which is interesting because Bush did more for South Africa (which Mandela led 1994-1999) than Obama and Clinton combined as illustrated in my tweet:
US Aid to S. Africa millions 2000 $46.7 2001 $50.0 2002 $57.7 2003 $73.0 2005 $139.4 2008 $574.2 2010 $577.5 2011 $571.1
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) December 6, 2013
Basically, Bush spiked aid to South Africa from Clinton’s last budget of $50M to more than $570M, while Obama kept it flat at that rate ever since.