Obama travels to South Africa

President Obama is traveling to South Africa on Monday ahead of the memorial service for anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.

The president left the White House early Monday morning for the more than 8,000-mile trip to Johannesburg. He’ll be joined aboard Air Force One by first lady Michelle Obama, as well as former President George W. Bush, his wife, Laura, and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Breitbart News denies readership drop, alt-right label Mellman: The next war MORE. Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonKentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Will Sessions let other 'McCabes' off the hook or restore faith in justice? Progressive group launches anti-Trump 'We the Constitution' campaign MORE, his daughter, Chelsea, and former President Jimmy Carter will travel separately to the event.

A delegation of two dozen lawmakers, including civil rights leader Rep. John LewisJohn LewisClinton, Pelosi, John Lewis to eulogize Slaughter Gun protests sweep nation as House passes school safety bill John Lewis to student gun protesters: 'I will be with you all of the way' MORE (D-Ga.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Cruz says Cambridge Analytica assured him its practices were legal Dem battling Cruz in Texas: ‘I can understand how people think this is crazy’ MORE (R-Texas), departed separately from Joint Base Andrews on Monday morning.

Former President George H.W. Bush is the only living president who will not attend the Tuesday memorial service at the Johannesburg soccer stadium that hosted the final match of the 2010 World Cup. Bush was hospitalized earlier this year with a respiratory infection, and his spokesman has said that he is unable to travel.

Lawmakers are expected to return to Washington in time for votes planned on Thursday, but the White House has not provided details of when the president will come back to the United States.

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