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Obama's tribute to ailing Mandela

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 - 01:45

June 30 - U.S President toasts South African former counterpart Nelson Mandela. Paul Chapman reports.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive for a dinner hosted by South African counterpart Jacob Zuma. Obama's visit has been largely overshadowed by concerns over the condition of Nelson Mandela. Obama took the opportunity to pay another tribute to the former president revered as the father of the rainbow nation. He quoted from William Ernest Henley's poem, 'Invictus', which Mandela said inspired him during his years in jail. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "'It matters not how straight the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.' And so I propose a toast: to a man who has always been a master of his fate, who taught us that we could be the master of ours; to a proud nation and south Africa's unconquerable soul; and to President Zuma and Madam Zuma for their outstanding leadership in carrying on the great traditions of the South African struggle. Pula." Mandela's family visited the hospital on Saturday where he is critical but stable with a lung infection. Obama's met relatives of the 94-year-old to deliver a message of support but hasn't visited him in person. He's also spoken by phone to Mandela's wife Graca Machel who is staying by his bedside.

Obama's tribute to ailing Mandela

Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 - 01:45

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