President Barack Obama arrives to speak about the death of Nelson Mandela.Picture: Carolyn Kaster, AP
President Barack Obama arrives to speak about the death of Nelson Mandela.Picture: Carolyn Kaster, AP

Obama offers condolences to Madiba’s widow

By Reuters Time of article published Dec 7, 2013

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Washington - President Barack Obama spoke to Nelson Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, by phone on Friday to express condolences over the former SA president's death, the White House said.

“The president thanked Mrs Machel for the profound influence that Nelson Mandela has had on him, and underscored the power of President Mandela's example for the people of South Africa and the entire world,” the White House said in a statement.

“President Obama expressed gratitude and thanks for the joy that Graca Machel brought to Nelson Mandela's life, and the commitment to a peaceful, fair, and loving world that she and President Mandela shared.” - Reuters

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