Transcript for President Obama to Meet Privately with Mandela Family
Now, to president obama, who has landed in south africa, where he just held a news conference with the president of that country. Also today, he is meeting privately with family members of the former president, nelson mandela. Mandela, as we all know is in the hospital, in critical condition. And abc's ron claiborne is in pretoria right now. Ron, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning to you, dan. As you know, the president, president obama, had hoped, had wanted to meet with nelson mandela at the hospital with me. That's not going to happen. The white house releasing a statement, and I quote, out of deference to nelson mandela's peace and comfort, and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the hospital. There was a press conference a short while ago. And the president obama spoke about nelson mandela. The outpouring of love that we've seen in recent days shows that the triumph of nelson mandela and this nation speaks to something very deep in the human spirit. Reporter: Instead of meeting with nelson mandela, the president will have a private meeting with a number of family members of nelson mandela. The location and timing of that has not been disclosed. The fact this meeting had to be called off, the hoped for meeting between obama and nelson mandela had to be called off, is an indication of how sick nelson mandela really is. His former wife winnie mandela said yesterday, he had great improvement. But in her words, remains krinically unwell. And president zuma saying, his condition remains critical but stable. A great disappointment. President obama had hoped to meet nelson mandela who is one of his personal heroes. He will not be meeting with him.
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