While Trump is Busy Making America Great Again, Look at What the Obamas are Doing…
While the Trump administration works to clean up the mess that Barack Obama left behind, Barack and Michelle Obama have apparently been living it up in style. Obama promised Michelle that she would spend his post-presidency going on vacation and he delivered — taking her to rub elbows with celebrities on a $300 million yacht.
The Obamas were guests over Easter weekend on billionaire David Geffen’s yacht, reportedly worth $300 million. The 454-foot luxury yacht took the Obamas, along with a group of celebrities, on a Tahitian vacation to the island of Mo’orea.
Joining the Obamas on their star-studded vacation was singer Bruce Springsteen and his wife, as well as Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson. Megastar talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who has been friendly with the Obamas for years, also joined the party.
Since leaving the White House, the Obamas have been spending lots of time cultivating celebrity friendships. In March, Barack and Michelle got brunch in New York City with U2 frontman Bono, to the delight of diners around them. When they left, “People” reported that “the whole restaurant stood up and applauded and cheered for them. Barack Obama waved at everyone upon leaving.” The month before that, Obama went kitesurfing with billionaire Richard Branson.
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It seems that neither of the Obamas will be disappearing from the public eye anytime soon; both have inked book deals with Penguin Random House, reportedly worth $65 million. Universal Pictures is also rumored to be working on a comedy film based on the Obama White House.
While it is undoubtedly fun to live the high life, there is always the question of how long the glitz and glamour will last. Eventually, both Obamas will become yesterday’s news and what will they have left? As John Hawkins says in his new book, 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know, living a high-end lifestyle doesn’t mean everything:
Wearing a $1,000 suit and driving a Ferrari may be better than riding around in a beaten-up
pickup truck, but when it’s all said and done, it’ll be the experiences you remember, not the stuff.
What are they learning from rubbing elbows with Tom Hanks on a yacht? What are they accomplishing by kitesurfing with Richard Branson? Obama has said that he wants to continue making a difference outside of the White House, but his actions don’t seem to be backing that up.