Obama Will Not Meet Mandela

    A wall covered with messages and flowers for former South African President Nelson Mandela is pictured outside the MediClinic Heart hospital on June 29, 2013 in Pretoria. US President Barack Obama met with the former South African leader's family to offer prayers as Mandela continues to be treated for a lung infection.

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    Dashing hopes of a historic meeting between America's first black president and South Africa's first black president, Obama did not come face to face with Nelson Mandela Saturday. Instead—after meeting with the beloved civil rights leader's family—he spread words of love and appreciation for Madiba. Speaking to a crowd in Johannesberg, Obama expressed his hope that the critically ill Mandela is drawing comfort from loved ones.  “Nelson Mandela showed what is possible...when a priority is placed on constitutions and rule of law and respect for human dignity," he said. "That’s a legacy that we must all honor in our own lives.”

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