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Obamas Wrap Up Virgin Islands Vacation (Photos)

| by Jordan Smith

Pictures have emerged of former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, returning from their 10-day vacation in the Virgin Islands. 

The couple was photographed arriving by helicopter alone at a local airport to board a plane for Washington D.C., the Daily Mail reported. The Obamas were not accompanied by their eldest daughter, Malia, who is in New York to start an internship with filmmaker Harvey Weinstein. Malia's sister Sasha was also absent because she is attending high school in Washington.

Yahoo! News reported in January that Sasha, 14, will remain at Sidwell Friends School in Washington until graduation and that the Obama family would remain in the city until then.

"We're going to have to stay a couple of years so Sasha can finish school," Obama said last March, Yahoo! News reported. "Transferring someone in the middle of high school -- tough."

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Sasha and Malia did join their parents for a weekend in Palm Springs following the inauguration of President Donald Trump Jan. 20.

The Obamas spent much of their time in the Virgin Islands relaxing. They also had lunch with billionaire Richard Branson on Jan. 31. Branson owns the island where the Obamas resided during their vacation.

But the former president did release a statement on one controversial issue: Trump's ban on Muslims traveling to the U.S. from seven countries.

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"President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country," the statement read, according to the Daily Mail.

Obama previously indicated he would intervene into political debates when "core issues" were involved.

"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," the statement continued.

Around 100 aides, mainly from the Secret Service, accompanied the Obamas on vacation.

Staff at the hotel where the couple stayed were prohibited from carrying cell phones to work, according to an anonymous source, and were subject to frequent searches.

Sources: Daily Mail, Yahoo! News / Photo credit: U.S. Embassy New Delhi/Flickr

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