* earlier pictures of First Lady Michelle Obama and Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela’s daughter Zindzi said her father “opened his eyes” and he smiled when she told him that President Obama was coming to South Africa, but the Mandela family gathered today for an urgent meeting to discuss “delicate matters” concerning the ailing 94-year-old leader.
Zindzi Mandela said earlier today that she said to her father: “Obama is coming.”
“He opened his eyes and gave me a smile,” she said.
The American president and his wife Michelle are due to arrive in South Africa on Friday, after starting his Africa trip on Wednesday in Senegal. Though many are speculating that Obama might visit Mandela, who is still in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital, a meeting between them is not on Obama’s announced itinerary.