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Barack Obama Looks Different On Vacation With Richard Branson (Photos)

| by Michael Howard

Former President Barack Obama looked noticeably different in recent photos as he was seen wearing a backwards hat walking on the beach with Michelle.

Obama was spotted with wife Michelle and billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson on one of the latter's private islands in the Caribbean.

Images show the former president in good spirits as he walked down the beach in a polo shirt, shorts, sandals and a backward baseball cap. Michelle, her hair in braids, smiled for the camera as well, sporting a tank top, shorts and a straw hat.

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Barack greeted his fellow vacationers and said, "Thank you so much," when someone wished him a nice holiday, according to the Daily Mail.

The Obamas flew to the island on Branson's private jet Jan. 30 after spending time in Palm Springs. Branson, 66, owns two private islands -- Necker and Moskito.

Other images from the trip show the Obamas joining a small group of people, including Branson and his 35-year-old daughter, Holly, around a table for lunch.

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As protests erupted across the United States in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, Barack's spokesman, Kevin Lewis, put a positive spin on the issue with the following statement, according to CNN:

President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as president, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy -- not just during an election but every day.

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.

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.

Branson weighed in on the travel ban in a blog post published on his website Jan. 30. He indicated that Trump's executive order, which bars people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., contradicts traditional American values:

What worries me the most is that the President’s order breaks with well-established US humanitarian policy -- and international law. Opening her door to "the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free," has made America great for more than 240 years. If life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness have been the engines that power the American Dream, immigration has been its fuel.

He went on to write that he's fearful of what the travel ban may foreshadow: "I fear that Friday’s order has set a dangerous precedent for the systematic exclusion of those who come full of hope and with the best intentions. And I’m reminded of the darker chapters of US history, like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 or the ineffable internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II -- racist policies that caused untold suffering."

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN, Virgin / Photo credit: Daily Mail, Twitter via Daily Mail

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