Ann Romney: 'It's too bad the election isn't today'
December 11th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
1 year ago

Ann Romney: 'It's too bad the election isn't today'

(CNN) - The wife of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said she and her husband have moved on from last year's election.

"We don't look back," Ann Romney said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer airing on the "Situation Room" Wednesday. "Neither one of us ever look back."
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Filed under: 2016 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney • Nelson Mandela
Sen. Cruz walks out on Castro speech at Mandela memorial
December 11th, 2013
01:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Cruz walks out on Castro speech at Mandela memorial

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, part of a Congressional delegation at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, walked out of the service Tuesday while Cuban President Raul Castro delivered his speech.

"Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela," his spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said.

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Obama selfie: How did it unfold?
December 10th, 2013
12:04 PM ET
1 year ago

The Obama selfie: Harmless or tasteless?

Updated 11:06 a.m. ET, 12/11/2013

(CNN) - Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event where dozens of world leaders join thousands of South Africans in a massive stadium, all to honor the anti-apartheid icon.

Instead, it turned into a media sensation...about a selfie.

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Filed under: Nelson Mandela • President Obama • South Africa
Obama gives warm greeting to Brazilian president
December 10th, 2013
11:10 AM ET
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Obama gives warm greeting to Brazilian president

(CNN) – While much was made about President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, the U.S. leader also gave a warm greeting to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, despite recent tension between the two countries.

As Obama took his place among other world leaders and dignitaries before he addressed the memorial, he shook hands, embraced and patted them on the shoulder. When Obama arrived at Rousseff, he kissed her on both cheeks
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Filed under: Nelson Mandela • President Obama • South Africa
December 10th, 2013
08:09 AM ET
1 year ago

Transcript: Obama's speech at Nelson Mandela service

(CNN) - At Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday, President Barack Obama said the icon's death should prompt a time for self-reflection.

"With honesty, regardless of our station or our circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?" Obama said. "It is a question I ask myself - as a man and as a president. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took sacrifice - the sacrifices of countless people - known and unknown - to see the dawn of a new day."

Read his full speech:
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Filed under: Nelson Mandela • President Obama • South Africa
December 10th, 2013
07:56 AM ET
1 year ago

A brief but important handshake between Obama, Castro

Updated 2:51 p.m. ET, 12/10/13

(CNN) – Arriving on stage at FNB stadium in Johannesburg to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama shook hands with dozens of other world leaders, pausing briefly to grasp the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro.

The greeting quickly sparked a strong debate on Twitter between those who praised and disagreed with the handshake, given that the United States does not share diplomatic relations with Cuba.
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Filed under: Cuba • Nelson Mandela • President Obama • South Africa
Obamas, Former Presidents Journey South Africa to Honor Mandela
December 10th, 2013
03:57 AM ET
1 year ago

Obamas, Former Presidents Journey South Africa to Honor Mandela

Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) - A powerful U.S. delegation led by President Obama and representing the current and last two American administrations, arrived in South Africa for a whirlwind visit to attend a memorial service set for Tuesday honoring the late ant-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela.

Former president George W. and Laura Bush accompanied President and Mrs. Obama on Air Force One for the 16 hour journey to Johannesburg. Also on board was a potential future president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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December 9th, 2013
03:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama flies to South Africa with Bushes, Hillary Clinton

(CNN) – The Air Force One flight from the U.S. to South Africa on Monday was historic not only for its final destination, but for its passenger list.

Joining President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the trip to Nelson Mandela's memorial was former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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Secret Service prepares for Obama's last-minute trip to South Africa
December 9th, 2013
12:18 PM ET
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Secret Service prepares for Obama's last-minute trip to South Africa

Washington (CNN) - With President Obama departing for South Africa just four days after learning of the death of Nelson Mandela, security and logistical preparations that would usually take months were crammed into less than a week. "We've done things in less time," said a Secret Service spokesman.

The expectations for the agents assigned to protect the President are the same as if they had six months to prepare, said the spokesman, who noted the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon had been ill for some time, which allowed U.S. personnel to make some preparations in advance in conjunction with the State Department and the South African government.
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, congressional Democrats to commemorate Mandela in South Africa
December 8th, 2013
07:16 PM ET
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, congressional Democrats to commemorate Mandela in South Africa

Updated 9:32 a.m. ET, 12/9/2013

(CNN) – More than 20 members of the U.S. House, mostly Democrats, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz will travel to South Africa to honor and commemorate former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

House Speaker John Boehner tapped Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, to lead the official delegation of House members to South Africa for Tuesday's service. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Chairwoman Marcia Fudge, will join the official congressional delegation.
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