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Obama making long-anticipated return to Africa

By Nedra Pickler

Associated Press


WASHINGTON >> President Barack Obama is making a long-anticipated return to Africa, with the health of former South African leader Nelson Mandela hanging over the visit.

The first family is departing Wednesday for a weeklong trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania to promote democracy and economic opportunities. Obama has only visited sub-Saharan Africa once before as president, a brief stop in Ghana in 2009.

In South Africa, Mandela is hospitalized in critical condition. White House advisers say they will defer to the anti-apartheid leader’s family on whether he’s up for a visit from Obama.

Missing from the itinerary is Kenya, the home of Obama’s late father, where many of his relatives reside. Kenya’s new president is facing war crimes charges, making it an awkward time for a visit.

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Wahiawamauka wrote:
Back to his birthplace. Oh no, not that stuff again...LOL.
on June 26,2013 | 12:06AM
wondermn1 wrote:
I hope he stays there and leaves his wife there as well.
on June 26,2013 | 02:03AM
serious wrote:
The article didn't mention the $60,000,000 taxpayer price tag for the family vacation as the other newspapers reported.
on June 26,2013 | 03:12AM
kailua000 wrote:
thats the family share, with all the protection and the entorurage, MSN and CNN (both lefties) had the price tag at close to $10 million
on June 26,2013 | 03:17AM
serious wrote:
I think you meant to print $100,000,000 which is the top figure I have read. And it wasn't on the "lefty" media--it's all on Google.
on June 26,2013 | 04:11AM
kailua000 wrote:
its such a great time in our country to take a vacay! no problems he needs to take care of, so spend 10's of millions while the sequester is on, Snowden is not an issue any more, the IRS is in great shape. Yes take a family vacation.
on June 26,2013 | 03:16AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Maybe he's looking for the right place to put his library. This trip is costing the "folks" over $100 million.
on June 26,2013 | 04:49AM
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