July 2 - Ending an 8-day regional tour, U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama promote development and women's health in Tanzania, along with George W. Bush and his wife Laura. Lindsey Parietti reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NO ACCESS USA/CNN/AOL/YAHOO/WIRELESS *~ Tanzania gives U.S. President Barack Obama a colourful send off as he wraps up an eight-day tour of Africa on Tuesday. Some see the visit to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania as an attempt to play catch-up with competitor China in the fast-growing continent. Earlier in the day, Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush commemorated victims of the 1998 bombing at the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam. Obama also announced a trade initiative and efforts to stop wildlife trafficking. Meanwhile, First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush highlighted women's health and welfare at a summit for the first ladies of Africa. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. FIRST LADY MICHELE OBAMA, SAYING: "Women and girls are at the key to our salvation as a civilization and we all have to understand that as we make decisions about investment in health and education." Laura Bush also announced a new initiative to convene first ladies from around the world annually to support their political roles. The unusual Obama-Bush combination spotlights U.S. interest in the continent and the importance of Africa to the legacies of both presidents.