Obama, Bush Meet in Tanzania

Pair attend memorial on final leg of Obama's African tour

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 2, 2013 12:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama spotted a familiar face from the US on the final day of his three-nation African tour—George W. Bush. In a rare joint appearance, the president and his Republican predecessor laid a wreath at a memorial for the Americans killed in the 1998 embassy bombing in Tanzania, the AP reports. Bush happened to be in town for a George W. Bush Institute summit on African women.

Michelle Obama and Laura Bush appeared together on a panel at the Bush conference. Before the meeting, Obama praised his predecessor for saving millions of lives with funding for AIDS treatment. "I'm looking forward to being able, on African soil, to once again thank him on behalf of the American people for showing how American generosity and foresight could end up making a real difference in people's lives," he said yesterday.

Young girls and women wear khangas with the image of resident Barack Obama as they line up to enter the State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Obama and former president George W. Bush at a wreath-laying ceremony to honor victims of the US Embassy bombing on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Tanzania.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama walks with former president George W. Bush in Tanzania on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Michelle Obama and Laura Bush participate in the African First Ladies Summit: “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa,” Tuesday, July 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Mr Bush, I presume?   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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