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Obama's holiday snaps might bring out the green-eyed monster in you



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10 Febrero 2017 16:24

'This picture is the equivalent of Obama texting "new phone who 'dis" to America'

Considering the mess that the US is in, some people are finding Obama's holiday pics a little hard to stomach.

After handing the White House keys to his controversial successor, Obama packed his bags and set off for some well-earned holidays. And we've got to admit that, far away from the Trumpocalypse currently convulsing America, Obama looks like he's having a great time.

As soon as we saw him strolling along the beach with flip flops and a backwards baseball cap – as if to say 'this how we rocked it in the 90s, kids' – we knew that Obama had turned the vacation-vibe dial all the way up to 300%.

But after watching the video uploaded by Richard Branson – founder of Virgin and, apparently, new best buddy of the former president – there's no doubt in our minds: Barack's having a blast. After 8 years without being allowed to do water sports – which he's always loved – the ex-POTUS and his family were invited to Branson's private island in the British Virgin Islands to learn how to kite surf. The millionaire businessman filmed the event and shared it on YouTube.

'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. When he came in from an exhilarating session, the new head of his security team turned to him and said: "This will be the last time you surf for eight years." For the next eight years he didn't have the chance to surf, enjoy watersports or do many of the things he loved. So it was tremendous to offer him the chance to learn to kitesurf.'

For many, the former president's unbridled joy in these images is somewhat akin to those Facebook status updates where your ex is at pains to prove how great life is since you broke up. 

But it would be unfair to say Obama has abandoned his country completely. In fact, just ten day's after Trump's inauguration, Obama flouted the tradition that says former presidents shouldn't comment on their successors' policies by issuing a statement voicing his support for the protests against Trump's immigration ban and saying that 'American values are at stake'.