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
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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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  1. Gdex

    I advice obama to fly mr mandela back to the united state for perfect treatment. The world love and will miss him if he die. Gideon hussaini

    June 28, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Wise president in USA history. This nation is going in a right direction. USA remains a strong capitalistic nation–deficit is reduced to 38% now.

    June 28, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  3. Data Driven

    Apparently, everyone's expecting Obama to visit Mandela. If he doesn't, will it be another scandal, Media?

    June 28, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  4. Wilson

    Obama said in a statement. “The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.”
    From what I have observed, our country is more widely divided because of it, not better off.

    June 28, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Pete

    I think its wise for Pres.Obama to go see Mr.Mandela maybe for the last time..If its his turn to go he'll be sorely missed,a truely great man ...Hopefully he'll pull through and with our prayers have many healthy years ahead,God bless Nelson Mandela a man truely for the people!!

    June 28, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. ST

    So long as Mandela is still breathing, Pres. Obama can visit him like any other member of the family are doing. Whether Mandela will smile or not, that is not important. What matters is to be there and show Mandela his love and that he cares.

    June 28, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |