Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Ice-Box
By Anoushka Dani
2017 is only four months old and is doing considerably better in its infancy than 2016 did in its short twelve months. The new Nintendo Switch came out, Ben and Jerry’s have released a line of dairy-free ice-cream (#lactoseintolerant) and I have recently discovered the joy that is “How To Get Away with Murder”. On the down-side of things, the idea of having an impulsive, loud and alarmingly orange individual in command of one of the world’s most powerful nations, has finally become a reality.
The New Face of the United States: Self-explanatory.
As large numbers of us mourn for what was at wait with bated breath for what is to come, the same can not be said for former US President Barack Obama. As Trump continues to cause turmoil in political communities and on the international stage, Obama seems to be enjoying his time out of office and life as a presidential retiree in a manner that can only be described as “chilled”. Since leaving the Oval Office as president for the last time on January 20, 2017, Obama has spent a relaxed couple of months travelling, namely to Palm Springs, California (playing golf) where he spent a weekend with his daughters Malia and Sasha. After golfing to his heart’s content, the Obamas jetted down to the British Virgin Islands to be hosted by billionaire Richard Branson at his private-island retreat (us peasants can live the presidential life for roughly $4,390 a night).
An Island Retreat: The former first couple are reported to have stayed at Branson’s private retreat on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.
After spending ten days in the Caribbean and a considerable time in the water (click here to watch him kite-surfing), the former First couple flew down to New York to soak up a Broadway show and dine with U2’s Bono. Obama was also sighted lunching with Warren Buffet in Omaha, Nebraska before hopping on a flight to California and then to his home state, Hawaii for yet another round of golf. As of right now, the ex-president’s whereabouts are unconfirmed, yet some have reported that the Obamas are spending a month on a tiny Polynesian island in the middle of the Pacific known as Tetiaora.
Polynesian Paradise: Yet another reason to envy the Obamas.
Since Obama is now out of office he has become a private citizen and therefore, his schedule too is private (as stated by one of his spokesmen). What we do know is it is likely Obama will return to political waters, indicated by his unusually politically active post-presidency, and the decision to remain in Washington DC, the first person to make such a decision since Woodrow Wilson. Obama has also been under fire by Trump who claims in a statement to Fox News, that “President Obama is behind [the disruptive protests happening at Republican town halls] because his people certainly are behind it”.
A Home Of Their Own: The Obamas will be staying on in DC post-presidency, the first ex-president to do so since Woodrow Wilson.
In addition to this, Penguin Random House recently announced that they had won biddings for memoirs written by both Barack and Michelle Obama, possibly netting the couple at tens of millions of dollars. On a more personal note, the Obamas will be residing in a $5.3 million dollar home in the Kalorama neighborhood in Washington DC where they intend to stay until their youngest daughter Sasha graduates high-school in 2019. Malia, their eldest daughter, has taken a gap-year and will attend Harvard University this fall. Whether it is jet-setting around the world or spending a relaxed dinner out with his daughters, the Obama’s are enjoying life out of the spotlight, as they rightfully should.