July 1st, 2013
07:34 AM ET
1 year ago

George W. Bush on Mandela, Snowden and his legacy

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are in Zambia, where they are renovating a health clinic. In an exclusive interview, he tells CNN why he respects Nelson Mandela, what he thinks about Edward Snowden and President Barack Obama, and how he's not going to be around when his legacy is finally decided.

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Filed under: Africa • George W. Bush • NSA
June 30th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama challenges students to follow Mandela legacy

(CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up his visit to South Africa on Sunday with a visit to the prison cell where anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was held and a call to students to help build a new Africa.

Speaking at the University of Cape Town, Obama recounted how American college campaigns against investment in apartheid-era South Africa inspired him to get involved in a public cause for the first time. The school was the site of a famous speech by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at the height of apartheid in 1966, and Obama said the leadership of figures like Kennedy, the now-ailing Mandela and Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi - who began his career as a lawyer in South Africa - "stand as a challenge to your generation."

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
June 28th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama not ruling out visit to ailing Mandela

(CNN) – President Barack Obama, bound for South Africa on Friday, doesn't appear to be ruling out a visit to Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital.

"We'll see what the situation is when we land. I don't need a photo op and the last thing I want to do is to be in any way obtrusive at a time when the family is concerned with Nelson Mandela's condition," the president told reporters aboard Air Force One.

"I think the main message we'll want to deliver if not directly to him but to his family is simply a profound gratitude for his leadership though all these years and that the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with him, his family and his country."


Filed under: Africa • President Obama
Obama heads to South Africa as ailing Mandela clings to life
President Obama speaks in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday.
June 28th, 2013
07:01 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama heads to South Africa as ailing Mandela clings to life

(CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Friday for the second leg of a trip overshadowed by the deteriorating health of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Obama left the United States on Wednesday for Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania - his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
June 27th, 2013
08:40 AM ET
1 year 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.
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U.S. presidents in Africa
June 26th, 2013
02:18 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama heads to Africa to promote investment, democracy

(CNN) - President Barack Obama flies across the Atlantic on Wednesday for a trip that takes him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office.

The trip aims to bolster investment opportunities for U.S. businesses, address development issues such as food security and health, and promote democracy.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
Obama, Bush to be in Africa at same time
June 22nd, 2013
03:27 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama, Bush to be in Africa at same time

(CNN) – When President Barack Obama visits Africa next week, his predecessor, George W. Bush, also will be on the continent.

Obama flies Wednesday across the Atlantic for a trip that takes him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, marking his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa as president (He went to Ghana during his first term).
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Filed under: Africa • George W. Bush • President Obama
Bush travels to Zambia, Botswana to raise cancer awareness
Former President George Bush works with local residents to paint and refurbish a clinic used to screen and treat cervical cancer in Kabwe, Zambia.
July 1st, 2012
07:51 AM ET
2 years ago

Bush travels to Zambia, Botswana to raise cancer awareness

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush is visiting Zambia to promote a health initiative that focuses on cervical and breast cancer prevention and treatment.

In the city of Kabwe, Bush worked with local residents Saturday to refurbish a clinic used to screen, diagnose and treat cervical cancer.

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Filed under: Africa • George W. Bush
McCain on sending troops to Africa: Be careful
October 16th, 2011
11:42 AM ET
3 years ago

McCain on sending troops to Africa: Be careful

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Sunday questioned the president’s recent order to send American troops to central Africa, saying the move could put the United States on a slippery slope.

“I worry about, with the best of intentions, that we somehow get engaged in a commitment that we can't get out of,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Filed under: Africa • John McCain • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
Obama orders U.S. troops to help chase down African 'army' leader
October 14th, 2011
02:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama orders U.S. troops to help chase down African 'army' leader

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is sending about 100 U.S. troops to Africa to help hunt down the leaders of the notoriously violent Lord's Resistance Army.

"I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield," Obama said in letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Daniel Inouye, the president pro tempore of the Senate. Kony is the head of the Lord's Resistance Army.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
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