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Obama Family Enjoys $2,500-A-Night Vacation In Indonesia (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

The Obama family was spotted white water rafting in the Indonesian Island of Bali.

Former President Barack Obama was photographed enjoying some family time with his wife Michelle and two daughters Sasha and Malia while on their trip to Indonesia, the Daily Mail reported.

The former first family was seen paddling down the Ayung River, a popular tourist attraction in Bali. Barack appeared relaxed in his bright yellow helmet and bulky life-jacket.

The Obama family flew into Bali on June 23 with Ngurah Rai Military Air Base commander Col. I Wayan Superman enforcing security measures. They check into the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ubud, a hotel which reportedly costs upwards of $2,500 a night.

The couple was joined by daughters Sasha and Malia, and Maya Soetoro-Ng, the former president's half sister. They took a walk through the green Jatiluwih rice terrace, one of UNESCO World Heritages.

The former first family was spotted participating in a number of fun activities, such as anti-gravity yoga classes and white water rafting. It appeared to be a good time for Sasha, who just recently celebrated her sweet 16, and Malia, who is currently on her gap year before starting college at Harvard University in the fall.  

Barack, who lived in Indonesia in the 1960s, will visit the island of Java. He will also be visiting Yogyakarta, where his mother did anthropological research. The former president will then make his way towards the capital of Jakarta to give a keynote speech at the indonesian Diaspora Congress.

"We don't know what the theme will be of Obama's keynote speech, but we have proposed two main themes to him: globalization and pluralism," Chairman Dino Patti Djalal told reporters in June.

The Obama family's visit to Indonesia came after several invitations from President Joko Widodo, according to Indonesia's foreign ministry.

Barack and Michelle were previously spotted vacationing in Italy, and Richard Branson's private Necker Island. The couple has also signed lucrative book deals and revealed plans to create the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago to train and mold the next generation of leaders.

While the Trump administration continues to work on passing their health care bill to replace and repeal Obamacare, Barack took to Facebook on June 22 to urge senators to keep the best interest of the American people at heart.

The former president wrote in part:

I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?

To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.

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