Dallas Morning News reported:
Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will travel with the Obamas to South Africa next week to participate in memorial events for that country’s iconic leader Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, South Africa’s first president after apartheid, died Thursday at age 95.
A Bush spokesman said that the Bushes have accepted an invitation to accompany President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, on Air Force One. The news came after the White House announced that the Obamas would go to South Africa to pay their respects.
It’s unclear if the U.S. presidential delegation will attend Mandela’s state funeral on Dec. 15 or a memorial service on Dec. 10, as White House officials haven’t yet released a more detailed travel itinerary.
Bush, who earlier this year traveled to Africa with his wife, said Thursday that Mandela was “one of the great forces for freedom and equality in our time.”...“He bore his burdens with dignity and grace, and our world is better off because of his example,” Bush said in the statement. “This good man will be missed, but his contributions will live on forever.”
Aides to former President George W. Bush say he & Laura Bush have accepted President Obama's invite to fly to South Africa on AF-1 nxt wk— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) December 6, 2013
George HW Bush spox: "not attending.. not due to any new or specific health issue. Just being 89..not traveling great distances anymore."— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) December 6, 2013