this will be my year
MJ: “He [Nelson Mandela] is sweet, very childlike.”
Q: Does he like to giggle?
MJ: “He [Nelson Mandela] loves children because when I went to see him I had some kids with me and people were saying the kids have to stay, but Michael Jackson can come. I said. “I’m sure Mr. Mandela wouldn’t mind seeing children. I won’t go in unless the children go too.” I remember his representatives looked at me like this [makes stern and suspicious facial expression] and they went back and then they said, “Everybody come.” The first thing Mandela did is run to the children and pick them up and hug them. I knew he was that kind of man and he loved them. He was talking to them and then he shook my hand. I knew I was right.”
And people ask me why The Beatles are my favorite…
I’d also like to point out that the first four of these images are from A Hard Day’s Night and not from real interviews… although, I think it’s pretty clear that these are things that The Beatles would actually say to reporters.
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UNITED KINGDOM, London : Former South African President Nelson Mandela waves to the media as he arrives outside 10 Downing Street, in central London, 28 August 2007, for a meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Mandela is to attend the unveiling Wednesday of a statue in his honour opposite the British parliament. The wraps will be taken off the statue Wednesday and will see the likeness of the 89-year-old Nobel peace prize winner stand alongside the likes of former British prime ministers Winston Churchill and Benjamin Disraeli.AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL