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Barack and Michelle Obama spotted paddle boarding in Tahiti
10:17 pm GMT+12, 13/04/2017, French Polynesia

Barack and Michelle Obama are living it up with their post-White House life. After kitesurfing with Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands, the former first couple has been spotted paddle boarding in the South Pacific.

According to PEOPLE, Tahiti TV channel TNTV shared snapshots of Barack and Michelle Obama who were spotted by fellow vacationers on the French Polynesian island of Mo'orea, ten nautical miles away from the capital island of Tahiti. The 55-year-old former US president swam the clear waters of the lagoon while the 53-year-old former White House First Lady enjoyed paddle boarding. The laid-back couple also snapped selfies with those who asked.

Barack Obama flew to Tahiti and headed straight to the island of Tetiaroa where he's been working on his White House memoirs while Michelle just joined him later. They're staying at The Brando, the eco-friendly resort named after Marlon Brando who purchased the island in 1967. The same resort where Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated his 42nd birthday and voted last year as the "Best Resort in the World" by Condé Nast Traveller magazine.

French Polynesian President Edouard Fritch met with Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House last year and invited the couple over to the South Pacific islands. British billionaire businessman Richard Branson also hosted the Obamas to his private island in the British Virgin Islands for a post-presidency vacation in February. Branson heard about Obama's passion for water sports and how he wasn't allowed to engage in them during his eight-year presidency so the billionaire decided to teach the former president how to kitesurf, according to The Telegraph.

After a water sport competition with Branson, Barack and Michelle Obama next enjoyed a brunch with U2 vocalist Bono in the Big Apple in March. Just a week later, Obama was spotted playing golf in Hawaii. The former first couple is expected to end their vacation and return to a hectic schedule.

SOURCE: AFP/PACNEWS


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