Obamas to attend Mandela memorial

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg, a White House official announced Saturday night.  

No further details were provided about their delegation or the president’s schedule, but they will be disclosed soon, the official said.

Former President George W. Bush and Bill ClintonBill ClintonClinton slams Trump, but stops short of calling him racist or sexist The Hill's 12:30 Report Davis: Two cheers for Bernie Sanders MORE, along with their wives Laura and Hillary, are expected to attend memorial events as well.

The Bushes, according to multiple reports, accepted an invitation to accompany the Obamas on Air Force One. It’s unclear whether the Clintons will be flying with them. 

Mandela, the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader, died late Thursday at age 95. He had suffered from poor health for a year.

Soon after the news broke, Obama delivered a statement from the White House in which he reflected on Mandela’s life, and called him an inspiration.

“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice."

Obama has spoken to current South African President Jacob Zumas and Mandela's widow Graca Machel by phone to express his condolences. 

More in News

Malia Obama to attend Harvard after gap year

Read more »