(JOHANNESBURG) -- First Lady Michelle Obama visited Nelson Mandela on the first day of her trip to South Africa Tuesday and told one greeter that her husband was "pouty" that he couldn't come along.
The first lady's weeklong trip to South Africa and Botswana began with a meeting with one of the three wives of South African President Jacob Zuma. During her stop at the president's official residence in Pretoria, she was greeted by Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma.
Nic Dawes, the editor of South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper, tweeted that he shook the first lady's hand and wrote: "Michelle Obama certainly convinced the dignitaries she is excited to be here, and said her husband is 'pouty' that he isn't."
The president is in Washington where his schedule includes meetings with Treasury Secretary Geithner, Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates as he prepares for Wednesday's announcement on the size of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.
Michelle Obama was accompanied by her daughters Malia and Sasha, her mother Marian Robinson, and the first lady's niece and nephew during a visit to the Mandela's home in Houghton.
Mandela, 92, met in 2006 with President Obama in 2006 when Obama was an Illinois Senator. Now that he is the country's first black president, a cellphone photo of the meeting is framed in Mandela's office, aides to the first lady said.
Mrs. Obama and her family met with Mandela and his wife, Graca Machel, and then toured the apartheid museum.
During a visit earlier in the day to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, Michelle Obama was given an advance copy of the soon to be released book Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Quotations Book.
Verne Harris, the the head of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, showed the first lady a display of archival items, including prison desk calendars, notebooks, and draft letters.
The first lady and her family will be in Botswana on Friday.
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