Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were pictured on vacation with billionaire Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands, just 10 days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
The couple came from a weekend trip to Palm Springs immediately following their last day in the White House and boarded a plane for Branson’s private island, where they are said to be staying.
In photos taken days into his vacation, Barack was seen in a black Nike sports shirt and hat, enjoying time with his wife and Branson. Michelle was seen dressed in white with braided hair under a white hat, the Daily Mail reported.
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Meanwhile, Barack spoke out against the Muslim ban implemented by President Donald Trump, appealing to protesters in a statement.
“... Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” the statement from his office read. “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.”
Barack previously said he would make his voice heard in regard to “core issues” at stake during the Trump presidency.
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“With regard to comparisons to [former] President Obama's foreign policy decisions, as we've heard before, [Barack] fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
Many Democrats have expressed frustrations at Barack’s normalization of Trump throughout the transition period -- with some wishing he would have been more outspoken against the extreme policies that are now being implemented.
“I wouldn’t be opposed if he spoke out,” Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California told Politico about the likelihood of Barack making his voice heard in regard to Trump’s policies. “I just don’t know what effect it would be.”
"In hindsight, I believe it was wrong for Barack Obama to normalize Donald Trump,” he added.
Many Democrats also expressed concerns about Barack being too vocal, as they feel he could become the face of opposition -- making it harder to bring in a new generation of Democrats.
“At the end of the day we have to have an all-hands-on-deck policy here to deal with this moving target,” Lieu said. “I would welcome and acknowledge and accept whatever ... Obama decides to do.”