US First Lady meets Tutu as South African tour endsBy RODGER BOSCH | Friday, June 24 2011 at 11:24
US First Lady Michelle Obama met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu Thursday on the last leg of a South African tour that has honoured the icons of the country's struggle against apartheid.
Ms Obama met the Nobel Peace Prize laureate at Cape Town Stadium, built for last year's World Cup, where she took part in a programme for local youths encouraging them to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS and use sport to stay healthy.
Ms Obama and Tutu then took to the pitch, dribbling balls with local youth groups.
The First Lady, who is travelling with her mother, a niece and nephew, and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, clearly relished sharing another chapter in the history of South Africa's freedom struggle with three generations of her family.
The retired cleric asked her: "What do you feel? How are you feeling being here?" Ms Obama answered, gesturing to her daughters and her brother's children: "It's not about us now -- it's about them."
Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, won the Nobel Prize in 1984 for his non-violent struggle against the racist government. He has been called the conscience of the nation.
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