Obamas Join Hanks, Springsteen On Tahiti Yacht Trip (Photos)


Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, have taken a pause from the quiet island life they've embraced since leaving the White House and went out to sea with a few celebrities on a billionaire's boat. 

The former first couple were invited onto music industry mogul David Geffen's super yacht "Rising Sun" on April 14, joining the boat guests via speedboat somewhere off the island of Mo'orea in Tahiti, the Daily Mail reports. 

Other guests said to be present were rocker Bruce Springsteen, actor Tom Hanks and, quite possibly, Oprah Winfrey, along with their spouses. 

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Pictures were snapped of the Obama couple romantically posing together on the upper deck of the boat.   

Michelle, 53, sported a relaxed look, wearing a pair of white shorts and a black tank top, her usually pristine hair loose and untied. She completed her look with a brown handbag.

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The former president also dressed for the outing, with a pale blue shirt and beige pants, and a pair of sunglasses to signal his newfound status as a retired politician.  

Hanks and Springsteen were not visible, but are known to be friends of the Obamas. The two were among the artists honored by Mr. Obama at last year's Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, Travel + Leisure reports. 

The Hollywood actor and the rock musician are also connected with Geffen, the American billionaire who is known to host famous celebrities on his $300 million super yacht.  

Other famous guests to have walked on its deck include director Steven Spielberg, actor Leonardo di Caprio, investor James Packer and pop singer Mariah Carey, with Hanks and Springsteen being regular guests. 

Local media also reported rumors that Winfrey, another friend of Geffen's, was on board the yacht. However, she was not among the group of guests who posed for pictures.

The luxurious 454-foot-long yacht was originally built for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and was acquired by Geffen in 2010. 

The music producer is known to post Instagram photos of his famous guests on board, but did not do so when the Obamas visited on April 14. 

The vessel has been cruising around Tahiti since March, earlier posts indicate, which was fortuitous for the Obamas.

The party had lunch on Vanilla Island, stopped at Le Taha'a Island, and continued on to Bora Bora.

The trip will end at the Brando, the luxurious resort where Mr. Obama has been working on his White House memoirs. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Travel + Leisure / Photo credit: Pixabay, Visual Press Agency via Daily Mail

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