- No mas: Principal bans Spanish language in intercom announcement
- Hacking software could put ‘zombie drone army’ in user’s hands
- Support for stricter gun laws drops: poll
- 10 whales dead, 41 others stranded in Everglades
- John Boehner faces bipartisan pressure to allow gay-rights vote
- Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC over ‘ill-judged’ comments about Sarah Palin
- Rep. Duncan Hunter: While Obama prays for Iranian change, U.S. should ready its nukes
- Best company ever? Veteran Beer Co. exists to employ vets, provide quality beer
- Iran official: Sanctions ‘utterly failed’ to stop nuclear program
- ‘Black Santa’ display at IU sparks student outrage
Obama: Not seeking ‘photo-op’ with ailing Mandela
Mr. Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One that he will accede to the wishes of the Mandela family on whether they want him to visit the 94-year-old former South African president in a hospital. Mr. Mandela is said to be on life support.
“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 about Nelson Mandela’s condition,” Mr. Obama said. “Right now, our main concern is with his well-being, his comfort, and with the family’s well-being and comfort.”
If he can’t meet with Mr. Mandela, the president said, he would deliver a message to the Mandela family about “our profound gratitude for his leadership all these years, and that the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with him, and his family, and his country.”
Mr. Obama met Mr. Mandela in Washington in 2005, when Mr. Obama was a newly elected senator from Illinois.
“I think the message will be consistent because it draws on the lessons of Nelson Mandela’s own life — that if we focus on what Africa as a continent can do together and what these countries can do when they’re unified, as opposed to when they’re divided by tribe or race or religion, then Africa’s rise will continue,” Mr. Obama said.
The president Friday departed Senegal, where he promoted efforts to improve food security there and in other African nations.
His week-long trip, which is costing taxpayers up to $100 million, will conclude next week in Tanzania.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Susan Rice slams Russia, China on human rights
- Joe Biden meets Xi Jinping in China to try to defuse tensions on air defense zone
- Bill Clinton: Damage to Democrats over Obamacare rollout failure will be 'minimal'
- Chamber chief laments 'avalanche' of Obama regulations
- U.S. sending sub-hunting jets to East China Sea
Latest Blog Entries
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
- Hola: Boehner prepares to push amnesty bill through House
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- Apple wins facial recognition patent for iPhone 6
- MILLER: Obamas EPA closing smelter will not affect ammunition supply
- NYC alarms with notice: Immediately surrender your rifle
- Pentagon may give recruits 'a shot to start over' after shameful social media posts
- Allen West warns Obamas backdoor gun control is moving forward
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Puerto Rico caravan honoring Paul Walker ends in 6 drunken-driving arrests, 72 speeding tickets
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
A stat-head’s outlook, direct from his worn in couch cushion.
The only thing broken about our immigration policy has been our collective cowardice as a nation to enforce our current immigration laws
Al Maurer provides a common sense, conservatarian, Constitutional conservative perspective from the battleground state of Colorado