White House Releases Candid Photos of Presidential Trip to South Africa

Viewers get a sneak peek into President Obama’s trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service and time spent aboard Air Force One.


President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush aboard Air Force One.

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The White House has released a photo gallery of some candid shots taking on the president and first lady’s trip to South Africa for the memorial service celebrating the life of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

President Barack Obama and Michelle shared the long ride aboard Air Force One with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, an unusual group. Still, if the photos are anything to go by, all went well. At one point Bush showed the others some of his own artwork.

See some pictures below:


Former President Bush shows photos of his paintings to, from left, first lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, presidential Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder and former first lady Laura Bush.

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Hillary Clinton talks with the Obamas, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes and former Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall aboard Air Force One.

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The Obamas, the Bushes and Hillary Clinton disembark Air Force One. 

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President Barack Obama greets South Africans.

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Former President Bill Clinton, President Obama and Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton

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U2’s Bono (second from right) with the Obamas

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The president leans in to talk to the first lady. Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett and Eric Holder are behind them. 

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President Obama prepares to step out into the stadium at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

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