President Obama to travel to South Africa


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Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza) (Pete Souza, © 2008 Pete Souza)
Updated: 12/06/2013 11:05 am Published: 12/06/2013 11:05 am


WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela.

White House press secretary Jay Carney says the Obamas will participate in memorial events, but didn't say specifically what day they planned to be in South Africa. The South African government announced that Mandela would be honored with a state burial on Dec. 15.

Mandela has been an anti-apartheid icon and his nation's first black president. He died Thursday at age 95. In remarks following Mandela's death, Obama counted himself as one of the countless millions who have been inspired by the South African leader.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/6/2013 12:02 PM
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I'm sure that just as any president before him he will be going to represent the USA and express our grief as world citizens in the passing of such a great man.

roadster05r - 12/6/2013 11:22 AM
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Imagine that. A pair of American communists paying respect to a dead African communist.
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