June 27th, 2013
08:40 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama calls Mandela a 'personal hero'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama, who's tour of Africa this week includes a stop in South Africa, said Thursday his thoughts are with the nation's citizens as anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela remains critically ill.

"He is a personal hero, but I'm not unique in that regard," Obama told CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin in Dakar, Senegal, the first stop of his African tour.

"I think he's a hero for the world and if/when he passes, we know his legacy will linger on throughout the ages," the president said.

Obama's visit to South Africa on Saturday will include a visit to Robben Island, where Mandela spent a majority of his prison term. The White House schedule does not include a visit with the anti-apartheid icon.

After South Africa, Obama heads to Tanzania, his last stop before he heads back to Washington.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Gavin Brannan

    Time to let him rest. He deserves the peace.

    June 27, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. ron

    why does obama get all this press with the scandals he,s caught up in...i don,t understand it

    June 27, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. PJ

    "why does obama get all this press with the scandals he,s caught up in .......i don,t understand it".........
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    Because he is President of the United States, representing America.
    Because the "scandals" are a figment of Issa and his cohorts' imaginations.
    And, because you are blinded by hate and silliness.

    June 27, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Bessy

    ron
    ron
    " why does obama get all this press with the scandals he,s caught up in...i don,t understand it "

    Get in the real world. He is the POTHUS whether you like it or not. What you think are scandals are nothing. Take a look at past presidency's if you want to see scandals.

    June 27, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    ron wrote:

    why does obama get all this press with the scandals he,s caught up in...i don,t understand it
    ------------------
    That's too bad. Most of us do understand, though. It's simple math. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing.

    June 27, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Peoples State of Illinois

    Ummm, no, it is up to the voters of each state. All gay life functions should cease.
    **********************************
    Look, if you're feeling that stressed, take a day off, or your life functions will cease.

    June 27, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Thomas

    Obama calls Mandela a 'personal hero..

    We all should , great men such as Mandela change the world for the better , sacrifice there all for peace .

    June 27, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Because the "scandals" are a figment of Issa and his cohorts' imaginations.

    And by "cohorts," we should all understand that to include the MSM.

    June 27, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |