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President Obama Unwinds With A Vacation In The British Virgin Islands

LOOKING BUSHED IN THE BVI: President Barack and Michelle pose for photos with Necker Island attendants.

NECKER ISLAND, BVI—  President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrived in the British Virgin Islands on Monday after jetting in to our region on Richard Branson’s jet.

The former first couple posed with staff at Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, the islands’ main airport, on Monday night after a flight from California.

A photograph of the pair with their arms stretched around immigration officials and the local police commissioner appeared on social media after their quiet arrival.

They were then whisked away in a waiting motorcade to be taken to a nearby boat to complete their journey to Branson’s private retreat, Necker Island.

Workers were seen loading the small wooden vessel with the couple’s luggage before it launched.

Michelle Obama was earlier seen boarding Branson’s Falcon 900EX at Palm Springs International Airport. Her husband also boarded, but was not seen doing so.

The couple spent the weekend relaxing at the home of Spanish ambassador James Costos and his interior designer partner Michael Smith after taking part in President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday.

Details of their visit to the Caribbean were not previously shared but they are believed to be spending at least some of their time on Branson’s private retreat, Necker Island.

The Virgin mogul was in the region last week but has since left to meet his newest grandson, Bluey. He celebrated news of the baby’s birth on Necker Island, sharing a video of the special moment in an Instagram video on Monday.

In Palm Springs, an eight-vehicle motorcade was seen leaving the home where the Obamas had been staying at around 10am.

A Riverside County Sheriff’s Department vehicle blocked traffic in both directions on Highway 111 as the motorcade sped to the airport.

Once there former First Lady Michelle was seen boarding a private jet owned by Sir Richard Branson.

While all of us here in the United States of America have been watching the seeing the stock market hit 20,000 for the first time ever under President Donald Trump’s Administration, the Obamas are oblivious to the uptick in the United States economy and are living right next to us on an isolated island — in the BVI!

Naturally, the Obamas are vacationing in style.

Necker Island features 74-acres of tropical splendor and hosts up to 30 guests at a time. Other famous visitors include Mariah Carey, Princess Diana, Kate Winslet, Nelson Mandela, and Kate Moss, though being a celebrity is no requirement. Anyone is free to book a stay at the luxurious resort—but it’ll cost you upwards of $4,000 a night.

DA MOTORCADE DEM: The Obamas are in our midst.


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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