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President Obama to Speak at Mandela Memorial

Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at an upcoming memorial for the late Nelson Mandela, confirmed Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.

Obama will be part of Tuesday's memorial in Johannesburg's soccer stadium.

The president and First Lady along with former President George W. Bush, Laura Bush and Hilary Clinton left for South Africa today via Air Force One.

Former President Jimmy Carter will also travel to South Africa, while former President Bill Clinton will arrive separately.

Rhodes also confirmed that a delegation of American officials is expected to attend Sunday's burial at Mandela's home (which will be televised).

In Obama's absence, Vice President Joe Biden will speak at a special memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington on Wednesday.

Click here to review all of the memorials and events scheduled for the week.

PHOTO GALLERY: The World Mourns Nelson Mandela

  • Pakistani schoolchildren hold lamps during a memorial tribute to Nelson Mandela in Karachi.
  • The Empire State Building is lit in the colors of the South African flag in honor of former President Nelson Mandela, who died on December
  • Battery-powered candles and bouquets of flowers fill Nelson Mandela Square in tribute to the former president in the Sandton shopping district in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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