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Obama Visits Press Aboard Air Force 1; No Questions About Scandals, SCOTUS, Immigration

9:32 AM, Jun 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Obama stopped by the press cabin on Air Force One, as the presidential plane made its way to South Africa. While there, the press had a chance to ask the president about major issues concerning Americans: the scandals, the controversial Supreme Court decisions, immigration, and many others. 

Instead, the press asked about Obama's Africa legacy (or lack thereof), China's relationship with Africa, the commitment of U.S. companies to Africa, and whether he'll visit the ailing Nelson Mandela.

Here are the questions asked by the press to the commander in chief:

Q    Can you talk about this -- is this what you see as your legacy for Africa -- a kind of changed model?  I mean, a lot of analysts back in Washington are talking about how you’re not making the kind of grand programs that Bush and Clinton did in Africa, and so I’m wondering if you can address that a little bit.


Q    Mr. President, can you say -- one of the criticisms leveled at the United States is that it’s fallen behind China in terms of the amount of attention that it gives to Africa.  President Xi has made numerous visits; this is your first extended visit.  How does the United States compete with China in terms of showing its interest and in the reduced-budget world that we’re living in?


Q    What kind of commitments do you think U.S. companies are looking for from you on this trip to be able to see Africa as a continent for investment?  And what kind of signal does the expo today -- what should that be sending to companies back home?


Q    Sir, looking forward to your trip in South Africa comes at a time when, obviously, a lot of people in the region are focused on the ailing health of Nelson Mandela.  I know you have a relationship with him -- do you hope to visit him?  Do you think that your message there will change?


Q    Have you gotten an update on his condition or talked to his family lately?

According to the White House, Obama spoke with the press for only 14 minutes. 

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