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White House shares photos from Obama's South Africa trip for Mandela memorial

Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM ET

President Obama greets Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela's widow, after his speech at the memorial service
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Obama greets Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela's widow, after his speech at the memorial service.

President Barack Obama moved millions of listeners around the world when he gave his eulogy for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday — and on Wednesday, the White House released behind-the-scenes photos from Obama’s trip to South Africa.

In addition to capturing iconic moments from the memorial service for South Africa's former president, the photos show Obama with former President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton. The president also can be seen hamming it up with U2 front man and humanitarian Bono.

President Barack Obama jokes with former President George W. Bush shortly after boarding Air Force One for the trip to South Africa, Dec. 9, 2013.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Barack Obama jokes with former President George W. Bush shortly after boarding Air Force One for the trip to South Africa on Dec. 9, 2013.

TODAY video: White House releases pics of flight to South Africa

In one priceless image taken during the flight to Africa aboard Air Force One, Bush can be seen showing off his artwork to Hillary Clinton.

Aboard Air Force One, former President Bush shows photos of his paintings to, from left, First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary ...
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Aboard Air Force One, former President Bush shows photos of his paintings to, from left, first lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder and former first lady Laura Bush.

Here are 10 more of the 24 images released on Wednesday:

President Yayi Boni of Benin welcomes President Obama as he arrives at the soccer stadium for the Nelson Mandela memorial service.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Yayi Boni of Benin welcomes President Obama as he arrives at the soccer stadium for Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
South Africans cheer as President Obama waits in a tunnel at the soccer stadium before taking the stage to speak at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
South Africans cheer as President Obama waits in a tunnel at the soccer stadium before taking the stage to speak at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
South Africans protect themselves from the rain at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
South Africans protect themselves from the rain at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
President Obama speaks at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa, Dec. 10, 2013.
Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
President Obama speaks at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa on Dec. 10, 2013.
President Obama greets South Africans as he exits the field of the soccer stadium.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Obama greets South Africans as he exits the field of the soccer stadium.
President Obama talks with the First Lady with other world leaders seated nearby. In the background are National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Valer...
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Obama talks with first lady Michelle Obama and with other world leaders seated nearby. In the background are National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Valerie Jarrett and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Bono greets President and Mrs. Obama as they get ready to depart the memorial service.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Bono and his wife Ali Hewson greet President and Mrs. Obama as they get ready to depart the memorial service.
President Obama bids farewell to former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Obama bids farewell to former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea.
Laura and George W. Bush and Michelle and Barack Obama board Air Force One in Johannesburg.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Laura and George W. Bush and Michelle and Barack Obama board Air Force One in Johannesburg.
President Obama and President Bush talk as they get ready to have dinner aboard Air Force One with their wives and Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen and Sus...
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Obama and President Bush talk as they get ready to have dinner aboard Air Force One with their wives and Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen and Susan Rice.


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