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Obama’s Fantastic Vaca with the Bransons


Barack and Michelle Obama‘s post-presidency vacation was one for the books.

After the inauguration, the former president and first lady took a trip to Palm Springs with daughters Malia, 18, and Sasha, 15, before heading to the British Virgin Islands without the girls.

The couple spent 10 days on a private island belonging to British billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, where Barack got to enjoy something he hadn’t done in eight years — water sports.

In a post on the Virgin website, Branson wrote that he invited the couple to the island for a “complete break” after Barack’s two presidential terms.


“One of the first stories Barack told me when he and Michelle arrived on Moskito Island was how, just before he became President, he had been surfing on a dangerous break in Hawaii,” Branson wrote. “The new head of his security team turned to him and said: ‘This will be the last time you surf for eight years.’ ”

So, Barack, 55, took to the water, with Branson noting that the former president wanted to learn to kitesurf while he longed to take up foilboarding.