Obama Arrives in South Africa

    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 28:  U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and first lady Michelle Obama (C) are greeted by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Mkoana-Mashabne after arriving at Waterkloof Air Force Base June 28, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. This is Obama's first official visit to South Africa, where is schedule to hold bilaterial meetings with President Jacob Zuma, host a town hall meeting with students in Soweto Township and visit Robben Island, where former President Nelson Mandela spent some of his 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Air Force One touched down in South Africa today, the second stop on Obama's tour of the continent, just one hour away from the Pretoria hospital where Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition. The president gave no indication of whether he would personally visit the ailing former leader, but told reporters on the flight that he didn't want to be obtrusive. “I don’t need a photo-op,” he said. “So when we get there we’ll gauge the situation, but I think the main message we’ll want to deliver if not directly to him but to his family is simply 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.”

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