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Dec 6, 2013
Dec 6, 2013
Dec 6, 2013

Mandela’s struggle was personal inspiration for me: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – America’s first black president, Barack Obama, hailed Nelson Mandela on Thursday as a source of personal inspiration whose struggle against racism in South Africa jump=started his own involvement in politics.

Speaking in the White House press room shortly after the announcement of Mandela’s death, a somber-looking Obama said the 95-year-old leader left a legacy of freedom and peace.

Dec 5, 2013

White House reverses, says Obama met uncle and lived with him during law school

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama lived briefly with his Kenyan-born uncle while attending law school, the White House said on Thursday, reversing earlier statements that there was no record of the two men ever having met.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said he clarified the issue with the president directly after reports that Onyango Obama, who faced deportation from the United States, said he had housed his nephew temporarily.

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    • About Jeff

      "Jeff Mason has covered the White House since 2009 and was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He joined Reuters in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and German business news. He then spent 3 1/2 years in Brussels, Belgium covering the European Union with a focus on climate change and energy policy. He moved to Washington in 2008 to cover the historic primaries and presidential race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and Canada's CBC. He is a graduate of ..."
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      2000
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