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"He was a motivation for our kids," said Rosinal Kawana, who works at a supermarket.
And said Obama: "We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world: You can make his life’s work your own."
By 4:30 p.m., everyone had exited through the same gates of the stadium, the rich and powerful to their shiny black cars, the rest to buses and trains, and returned to their separate lives.
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Washington Post staff writers Steven Mufson in Johannesburg and Debbi Wilgoren in Washington contributed to this report.
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