These days "we see much of the world threatening to return to a more unsafe, more brutal way of business", Obama said. Every day I read the newspaper, and I just think - brothers, what's wrong with you guys? "I mean we're violent; we're bullying - you know, just not handling our business". Obama, who scripted history by becoming the first black President of the United States in 2009, has long shown a fascination with Gandhi, hanging a photo of the Indian icon on the wall of his Senate office and citing Gandhi in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
"You have to believe in facts".
Speaking to a crowd of 15,000 people at a Johannesburg cricket stadium to mark what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, Obama recounted human progress over the last century, lauding the advancements that have been made on social, racial, and economic issues in America and overseas.
Mr Obama and his family spent eight days in Tanzania's famous Serengeti National Park, before Mr Obama travelled to Kenya at the weekend to visit his ancestral home and now to South Africa. When Obama was a senator, he had his picture taken with Mandela. Attendees from more than 40 countries will participate in a five-day workshop emphasizing leadership development.
"These movements tapped the unease tapped by many people who lived outside the urban cores, fears that economic status was slipping away... that their cultural identities were being threatened by outsiders", he said. 'You do not have an excuse to say this is too corrupt and I'm going to sell my soul.
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While he didn't call out his successor by name, Obama's remarks were a passionate repudiation of many of Donald Trump's major policies including those on climate change, immigration and closed borders and, more generally, of the way politicians carry themselves.
"During the production, we shot an enormous amount of footage that was not used in the feature film and chose to create the mini-series", says Singh. "We see it in the utter loss of shame in political leaders - where they utter a lie and then just double down and lie some more".
He told a room full of journalists that he believed Putin's denials of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election over briefings from USA intelligence agencies that stated the contrary. It used to be that if you caught them lying, they'd be like, oh man - now they just keep on lying.
The former president also offered a commodity he always seems to have in ready supply - hope.
Mr Obama said that he could find common ground with people who disagreed with the Paris accord on climate change - which Donald Trump wants to pull the USA out of - if they had an argument based on fact.