Obama to pay tribute to Mandela in South Africa
WASHINGTON (AP) —
President Barack Obama will pay tribute this week to Nelson Mandela,
making the long trip from Washington to South Africa Monday to attend a
national memorial service for the anti-apartheid icon.
memorial service will also serve as a rare reunion of nearly all of the
living American presidents. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will
accompany Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Air Force One. Former
Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will travel separately to South
George H.W. Bush is the only living president who will
not attend. His spokesman said the 89-year-old is no longer able to
travel long distances.
The American leaders will join dozens of
other dignitaries and tens of thousands of mourners at the memorial
service at a Johannesburg stadium.