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Obama, Bush depart for Mandela memorial
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One to travel to South Africa for a memorial service in honor of Nelson Mandela on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One to travel to South Africa for a memorial service in honor of Nelson Mandela on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: US President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Monday for the memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, according to an AFP journalist aboard Air Force One.

First lady Michelle Obama, former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton were also aboard the presidential jet.

About 80,000 people are expected to fill the FNB stadium in Soweto on Tuesday for an emotional tribute to Mandela, who died last week at age 95.

 
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