Obama meets with South African Pres. Zuma, Mandela’s family
NBC News: President Obama continued his tour of Africa Saturday with his second stop in South Africa where he met with ailing icon Nelson Mandela’s family and also held meetings with current South African President Jacob Zuma.
Obama honored Mandela during his meeting with Zuma, saying: “The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation has been a personal inspiration to me. It has been an inspiration to the world.”
Obama will close his visit to South Africa by visiting historic prison Robben Island near Cape Town before traveling to Tanzania, his last stop on his tour to Africa.
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Photo: President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
Obama ended up not meeting with Mandela directly—understandable, considering the rough shape Mandela is in. (Mandela was one mile away, at a nearby hospital.) It’s worth noting that while Obama was meeting with Zuma and the Mandela family, there were large protests building up outside of a university where Obama was set to hold a town hall meeting—with many critical of the U.S. president’s foreign policy.