- By Robert ZeligerRobert Zeliger is News Editor of Foreign Policy.
Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, who turns 93 next month, has largely stayed out of the spotlight this past year. But today he met with First Lady Michelle Obama, who is on a week-long official visit to Africa with her daughters, Sasha and Malia.
According to USA Today, the meeting was unplanned. Obama and her group were invited to Mandela’s house at his invitation, while they were touring his foundation in Johannesburg.
It was the first time the two have met. Mandela and Barack Obama met back in 2005, when he was still a senator.