Photos: Obama pays tribute to Mandela

Photos: Obama pays tribute to Mandela

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 29: Police disperse protesters gathering outside Johannesburg University in Soweto in advance of President Obama'smeeting with students later today on June 29, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is Obama's first official visit to South Africa, and is holding bilaterial meetings with President Jacob Zuma, and also meeting with students in Soweto Township. During his tour the president will also visit Robben Island, where former President Nelson Mandela spent some of his 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 1:23 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Barack Obama met privately Saturday with Nelson Mandela's family as the world anxiously awaited news on the condition of the ailing 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader.

Obama, who has spoken movingly about Mandela throughout his trip to Africa, praised the former South African president's "moral courage" during remarks from the grand Union Buildings where Mandela was inaugurated as his nation's first black president.

 

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