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Tuesday
Jul022013

Obama and Bush Attend Ceremony in Tanzania

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania) -- Two U.S. presidents made a joint and unprecedented public appearance in Africa on Tuesday morning.

It came after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced on Monday that former President George W. Bush would join President Obama at a wreath-laying ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to honor the victims of the 1998 bombing.

Nearly 15 years ago, bombs went off in both the embassies in Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, killing 224 people, including 12 Americans, and wounding more than 4,500.  Al Qaeda was behind the attacks, which were directed by its then-leader, Osama bin Laden.

Neither Bush nor Obama spoke at Tuesday's event.

Meanwhile, first lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush also appeared together on stage at a conference of African First Ladies hosted by Mrs. Bush.

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