SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA, AF - Obama is now in South Africa as part of a three-country trip to African, and he says it's up to Mandela's family whether or not the ill former president of South Africa is up for a visit from him.
"We'll see what the situation is when we land," Obama said aboard Air Force One.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in critical, but stable condition. Mandela has been in the hospital for more than two weeks.
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"The main message we'll want to deliver if not directly to him but to his family is simply our profound gratitude for his leadership all these years and that the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with him and his family and his country," Obama continued.
Current President Jacob Zuma's office released a statement through his office saying that doctors are doing everything they can. His daughter says that he is at peace. Mandela is 94 years old.
Ben Wolverton, Staff Writer - EMAIL