The Obamas posed up with well-wishers on Tuesday on a lunch out, despite the fact all employees on Richard Branson’s island have reportedly been banned from even carrying a smartphone while the first couple are in residence.
During day eight of their tropical vacation, the Obamas enjoyed the afternoon with their billionaire friend and host Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands on the island of Anegada having lunch at the local beachfront restaurant Cow Wreck Beach Bar.
The former first couple, who traveled from a long weekend in Palm Springs to the islands on Branson’s private jet last Monday, were first spotted on the island in photos
The Obamas are staying at one of Branson’s private islands.
He owns both Necker and the recently opened eco-resort Moskito Island.
Staff on Moskito Island claim they are hosting Obamas.
An unnamed source told a local paper the Obamas and their entourage were staying there, and staff members were not allowed to walk with any phones to work for the duration of the visit and are subject to searches from the US Secret Service.
Staff are also subject to frequent Secret Service checks.
The former president’s delegation numbers about one hundred and includes mostly Secret Service officers and other aides for the former First Couple, according to the paper.
Late on Tuesday video emerged of the couple smiling and waiving as they made there way with Branson to a helicopter, so not all cameras are the enemy.
The couple kept it casual, as they both sported shorts, sandals, hats and sunglasses during their outing on Tuesday.
Barack cheerfully said hello to those standing-by and replied ‘thank you so much’ to a man who told them to have a nice holiday.
The former leader of the free world has remained almost silent about his successor.
That seemed a million miles away as the former president, outfitted in a black Nike sports shirt, hat and his favorite Oliver Peoples sunglasses, enjoyed the lunch for four.
‘President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,’ according to a statement released by his post-presidential office.
‘Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake,’ Obama said.
Obama, who said he would jump into the political fray when ‘core issues’ are at stake, invoked ‘comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions.’
‘With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion,’ according to the statement.
But there were no statements Tuesday as they enjoyed the sunshine.
Michelle, meanwhile, dressed in white for the tropical sun.
She wore her hair braided and sheltered her head under a white hat.
The former First Lady was photographed sitting down and chatting with a female companion while her husband, who had his black cap backwards, visited with the British billionaire.
The pair also sat with his daughter Holly, 35.
The Obamas will be returning to DC at some point after their holiday.
Daughter Sasha is believed to be in DC while her parents holiday, as she is busy as a high school student at Sidwell Friends.
However, Malia is in New York working an internship with Harvey Weinstein while she finishes her gap year before Harvard.
Both girls joined their parents in Palm Springs, before heading their separate ways.