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Ex-President Obama & wife end vacation; Leave BVI for DC

- The former US First Couple left today February 2, 2017 from their vacation on Moskito Island
The Obamas posed with residents of Anegada for a photo on January 31, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Obamas take a photo with, from left, Governor John S. Duncan OBE, Mrs Duncan, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), 3rd from left, and Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE, second from right. Photo: GIS
The Obamas take a photo with, from left, Governor John S. Duncan OBE, Mrs Duncan, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), 3rd from left, and Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE, second from right. Photo: GIS
Tourists take photos of former US President Barack H. Obama (in black) while on Anegada today, January 31, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
Tourists take photos of former US President Barack H. Obama (in black) while on Anegada today, January 31, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
Former US President Barack H. Obama and wife Michelle L. Obama were spotted having lunch with Billionaire Virgin Islander Sir Richard C.N. Branson and others at Cow Wreck Bar and Grill on January 31, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
Former US President Barack H. Obama and wife Michelle L. Obama were spotted having lunch with Billionaire Virgin Islander Sir Richard C.N. Branson and others at Cow Wreck Bar and Grill on January 31, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The Obamas touched down in the Virgin Islands on January 23, 2017 at around 8:40 PM on a private jet belonging to Sir Richard C.N. Branson. Photo: Dean H. Greenaway aka The Sportsman
The Obamas touched down in the Virgin Islands on January 23, 2017 at around 8:40 PM on a private jet belonging to Sir Richard C.N. Branson. Photo: Dean H. Greenaway aka The Sportsman
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI- After some 10 nights in a rest and relaxation mode at a private island in the British Virgin Islands, the United States of America’s former First Couple Barack H. Obama (D) and Michelle L. Obama have departed the British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.

The former President and his wife arrived at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport located at Beef Island on January 23, 2017 after handing over his presidency to President Donald J. Trump (R) in an inauguration ceremony in Washington DC on Friday January 20, 2017 on the steps of the United Sates Congress.

Mr Obama and the former First Lady spent two days in Palm Springs, California, USA before coming to the BVI on January 23, 2017 where they stayed at one of the two private islands owned by BVIslander Billionaire Sir Richard C N Branson and today February 2, 2017 they departed at 2:45 PM for Washington DC on Mr Branson's private aircraft, according to flight plan information obtained by our newsroom via our contacts in Puerto Rico.

Photo opps with Governor & Premier

The couple, while in the British Virgin Islands, stayed at Moskito Island located Northeast of Tortola. Outside of sleeping, taking phone calls and planning his post presidency, the popular couple spent most of their time on the exclusive island and did not interact with the local community or the political class outside of a photo opp with Governor John S. Duncan OBE and Mrs Duncan and Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) and Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE.

On Tuesday January 31, 2017 the Obamas flew in Mr Branson’s helicopter and took a trip from the private island to Anegada, another part of the British Virgin Islands and had lunch at Cow Wreck Bar and Grill located on the island’s capital city, The Settlement. 

Many local residents, tourists and bystanders were able to get a close up view of the first couple, who even posed for photos with them while they were on Anegada.

Many residents were disappointed that Mr and Mrs Obama did not make a trip to either Virgin Gorda or Tortola, the two main islands in the British Virgin Islands, but a spokeswoman for Mr Branson, speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online, told our news room that “the trip was private and that means it involved nothing but R & R.”

23 Responses to “Ex-President Obama & wife end vacation; Leave BVI for DC”

  • adc (02/02/2017, 19:18) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Bye bye
    • DONT COME BACK (03/02/2017, 00:51) Like (7) Dislike (71) Reply
      #WORSTPRESIDENTEVER
      • long look (03/02/2017, 08:36) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
        M****&&&&@R , here is yours?? You NEED TO GO.. low life, hungry belly , suffering fool !! Yes I said it, try and sue me or do me ...
      • DONT GO THERE (03/02/2017, 11:07) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
        @DONT COME BACK. LET'S FESS UP. MR. OBAMA REMAINS A STAIN IN AND ON THE BVI. THE "SPIRIT OF OBAMA" IS HERE TO STAY. So put your little " OXI-CLEAN STAIN-REMOVING " mind aside, and discontinue embarrasing yourself. Obama is HERE TO STAY. If you don't like the SPIRIT OF OBAMA HERE, then LEAVE. YOU'RE THE ONE who needs to LEAVE HERE and DON'T COME BACK HERE. Your SNIDE a$$ has NEVER even been to USA in the first place!!!
      • morning (03/02/2017, 17:12) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        The worst president in US history is in the White House right now. His initials are D J T
  • Not Right (02/02/2017, 19:54) Like (4) Dislike (25) Reply
    So they only got a photo when he was ready to leave? Smh
  • Admiration (02/02/2017, 22:18) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    I truly admire this couple.
  • Hope (02/02/2017, 22:35) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is so good to have the forma President on our bvi shores. There presence was welcomed. They have been in the highest office in the us yet they are so down to earth. They can interact with both high society and the common man. There story and this trip should be a lesson for this segregated society.
  • Political Observer (PO) (03/02/2017, 04:51) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply


    Bon Voyage to the Obamas! Visit Nature’s Little Secret again and hopefully soon.

    I have admired President Obama’s presidency, though I did not always agree with him on some policies and actions. Spent the last 8 years defending him among non supporters and haters.

    Inspite of unprecedented Republican opposition, he got much done. Imagine how much more could have been done, if not for the Republican obstruction.

    The Republicans are in overdrive trying to wipe out his legacy but his body of work is well documented in history. History will be kind to him. Think he will be in the top tier among US presidents.

    Nonetheless, despite the Republican opposition he could have done more. He could have done more in foreign policy. For example, he drew a Red Line in regards to the Syria use of chemical weapons but failed to act.

    Further, he spent too much time in Washington. He should have fan out across America and gone directly to the people like Prez Regan did made his his case to people, the power brokers.
    Additionally, during his first term with a majority in both houses, he should have done more heavy lifting, i.e., immigration reform…….etc.

    Moreover, dissapointed that he did not meet more of the common folks during his visit to the BVI.

    What a lasting memory that would have been for many VI residents. President Obama is a gifted and great orator and a great motivator. Would have been wonderful if had spent a few minutes speaking to the students at ESHS, giving one of his barn burner speeches from the Sunday Morning Well( site from which the Emancipation Proclamation was read on 01 August 1834), addressing the HOA perhaps………etc.

    Instead, he was marooned on Mosquito Island with the elites, the 1%. How dissapointing! The best most of us can now say is that we heard he was in territory. Many a young boy and girl robbed of a memorable experience.. Bye, bye.

    • @ political observor (03/02/2017, 07:29) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
      Too long to read
    • @Political observer (03/02/2017, 09:58) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/vacation

      vacation

      Us Uk holiday a time when someone does not go to work or school but is free to do what they want, such as travel or relax.

      Dont you people understand the couple on VACATION.
    • Really (03/02/2017, 10:11) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      Why should he have to speak to ESHS students. The man was responsible for running one of the most powerful countries in the world for eight years. He had life changing decisions to make which affected everyone on a global level. He finally gets to unwind and he must use that time to go around giving more speeches. Give me a damn break.

      Do you understand what a vacation is for?

      Perhaps someone can try to schedule a visit where he would have time to do the things you mentioned.

      But for this trip, I think not. We always think about ourselves and would be great for us but not what the other persons needs. He needed a quiet place to relax and enjoy his wife without the fanfare.

      Get over yourself.
  • ann (03/02/2017, 07:28) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Gone to soon
  • Need to understand (03/02/2017, 09:38) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Some of you need to understand he was only here to relax not be a spokesperson or ambassador and visit schools. He was here on vacation.
  • foxy (03/02/2017, 09:38) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    I wish he had taken the ndp with him
    • Carefrre (03/02/2017, 19:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

      Never Obama , government do jack sh*t for tola

      • Carefree- @Carefrre (04/02/2017, 09:59) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply








        God is great- God is good... Obama is great- Obama is good JUST THE SAME. The spirit of Obama, has been imprinted here in the BVI on EVERY STONE AND CORNER HERE. Obama will remain a NON-REMOVABLE stain here. So therefore you have no choice but to LOVE IT, or LEAVE.




  • Tafari Zharr (03/02/2017, 17:34) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The consummate President Obama and his lovely Forever Our First Lady never ever boasted on being perfect; but their seach to be better, and seek excellence while being of kindred spirit is "probabley why they did chose the BVI; so we should feel honored and delighted (they could have chosen anywhere in the World; let's be humble that we have been graced with their presence and that they happily accepted the extended invite of our Sir Richard Branson. The BVI have come a long way - and once again "we are put on the map" for those who dismiss we could be a force to reckon with - " I remember when Bob Marley came to the BVI... so many others have come before and after" ... . I hope the "First Family" got a lot of well earned R&R, that the hospitality received was gracious, warm, and welcoming; that their experience is, wonderfully, worthy of a return, and that any unfulfilled dreams for our children could be reflected in positive discourse, efforts of the persuasive, serious minded, optimists who may want to consider what the Obamas could do for us instead of what we can do for our (continually under conscruction) BVI; sometimes its simply an honor that anyone thought enough of us- much less saw anything in us to consider "crossing the threshold and/or actually did decide that "jumping the broom" could just be a benevolent choice with a significant other; Sometimes urgency is not of the essence; and a weary man/woman is just as tired as a rested man with a voice but no policy in hand, no plan, and no forward thought in mind! Sometimes it matters that anyone "slow their role".
  • Who care (03/02/2017, 19:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    What Obama do for little @$$ totola

  • international banker (04/02/2017, 15:37) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    contact his banks and make sure they question everything about him and his family before they allow him to
    continue to do business at whatever banks he's with. give him a taste of his own medicine.


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