Saturday, 7 December 2013
Obama, Bush, Clinton to travel to South Africa
WASHINGTON (AP) — At least three American presidents will travel to South Africa to attend memorial services for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95. Related Stories Obama, Bush, Clinton going to South Africa next week for Mandela memorial Reuters Obama to travel to South Africa to honor Mandela Associated Press Obama to visit South Africa to honor Mandela MarketWatch Obama offers condolences to Mandela's widow in call Reuters Obama to go to S.Africa next week for Mandela memorial events: White House Reuters The White House said Friday that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama would travel to South Africa next week to pay their respects. They will be joined on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and wife Laura Bush, who "gratefully accepted" the invitation from the Obamas, a Bush spokesman said. The White House said travel arrangements were still being made and it was unclear when the Obamas and Bushes would depart. A memorial service for Mandela will be held Tuesday at a stadium in Johannesburg, followed by a smaller funeral on Dec. 15 in Mandela's hometown. Former President Bill Clinton said he also planned to travel to South Africa, along with his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was unclear whether the Clintons would also fly on Air Force One.