Watching live images of Obama arriving in South Africa. Obama has stated he will not seek a “photo-op” with Mandela and will respect his family’s wishes.
""I don’t need a photo op," he said aboard Air Force One after leaving Senegal. “The last thing I want to do is to be in any way obtrusive at a time when the family is concerned with Nelson Mandela’s condition.”
He went on to say: “I think the main message we’ll want to deliver is not directly to him, but to his family – is simply profound gratitude for his leadership all these years, and that the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with him, his family and his country.”"