Barack Obama just hit peak chill on his post-presidency vacation
Barack Obama has earned the hell out of the vacation he’s on, and he’s clearly taking advantage of his time away from his kids.
If his backward hat wasn’t all the indication you need to know he’s in full Obama vacay mode, just wait until you see the pictures of him learning how to kitesurf with his new BFF, billionaire British entrepreneur Richard Branson.
The guy has never looked happier, and after watching the country basically give a fat bird to his legacy by electing Donald Trump to replace him, it’s not hard to see why he’s pretty stoked on just getting TF out of America for a while.
Branson wrote about teaching Obama to kitesurf for Virgin.com, and just when you thought the pictures couldn’t get more adorable, it turns out they were having a little competition: Branson challenged Obama to learn to kitesurf while he learned to foilboard, and they competed to see who could pick up a new sport faster.
“Barack started learning to kitesurf on the beach on Necker for two days solid, picking up the basics and flying a kite as if going back to being a child again,” Branson wrote. “Then he went into the water, standing up and getting a feel for the kite. Finally, he put the board at his feet and gave it a go. Being the former president of America, there was lots of security around, but Barack was able to really relax and get into it.”
He continued, “As you can see in the video, Barack and I both fell many times, but we kept trying again and again and made progress over the days. We were neck and neck until the last run on the last day, when I got up on the foilboard and screamed along for over 50 metres, three feet above the water. I was feeling very pleased with myself, only to look over and see Barack go 100 metres on his kiteboard! I had to doff my cap to him and celebrate his victory.”
At least Branson was a good sport about it.
“After all he has done for the world, I couldn’t begrudge him his well-deserved win,” he wrote. “Now he has left, I’m going back into the water to practice for the next challenge. On his next visit, we plan to do the long kite over to Anegada together. Next time, may the best (British) man win!”
We have to disagree, because Obama deserves to win always. Still, this bromance is too perfect, and Obama deserves every second of that vacation he’s clearly enjoying to the max.
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