— President Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa
Presidential travel overseas is usually months in the making — but President Barack Obama’s trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s Tuesday memorial service will be the end result of a process measured in mere hours.
Shortly after Thursday’s announcement of Mandela’s death, Secret Service and American military personnel were en route from the United States to South Africa to prepare for Obama’s arrival.
There they joined officials dispatched from Secret Service field offices in Rome and Pretoria, who had long been coordinating with South African officials planning Mandela’s memorial service and funeral. With countless world figures set to descend on Johannesburg, the world’s attention will be trained on the memorial service to remember a man who embodied the struggle against apartheid and changed world history.
— Michele Bachmann on President Obama
Comedian Bill Maher recently donated $1 million to pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action. The host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” told CNN host Piers Morgan that he would miss the money “badly” but he wanted to inspire others to give. Will the donation from Maher - an often polarizing figure - help Obama? Or could his actions turn off voters?