PICS: Obama Visits Mandela’s Cell SHARE: Tweet The failing health of 94-year-old Nelson Mandela has provided a poignant backdrop for President Barack Obama’s eight-day trip to Africa. On Sunday, before a big speech in South Africa, Obama took time to visit Mandela’s former prison cell, where the former South African leader spent 18 years of his 27-year prison term. Here, Obama peers out from Section B, prison cell No. 5, on Robben Island. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Other side: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster The president’s top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, tweeted this: Robben Island tour guide (former prisoner) said prison is a state of mind. They always knew they would prevail. — Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) June 30, 2013 MOST RECENT BY Slade Sohmer:Sonic Apologizes For Saying Kansas City Chiefs Will ‘Scalp the Redskins’That Lion-Eagles Whiteout Produced Some Truly Majestic Football Photos Full Video of Protesters In Kiev Toppling, Decapitating Lenin Statue Slade Sohmer Slade Sohmer is editor-in-chief of HyperVocal and co-host of SiriusXM's daily "Politics Powered By Twitter" program. Tweet him at @SladeHV.