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President Obama at Robben Island

Photograph By Pete Souza, official White House photographer

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia, stand in Mandela's cell as they listen to former prisoner Ahmed Kathrada during their tour of the prison on Robben Island in June. Mandela was too ill to visit with the president. Upon hearing of Mandela's death, Obama said in a news conference: "I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set. So long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him."