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Barack Obama is having a blast vacationing without you—and it’s a huge meme

After eight hard years, he's earned a little time off.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 8, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 1:14 am CDT

Former President Barack Obama is enjoying the early days of the Trump administration as best he can, kitesurfing in the British Virgin Islands with British Virgin tycoon Richard Branson. It’s a hard time to be a Democrat in the U.S., but Obama’s going to relish his vacation before he deals with that.

Just look at that smile! It’s already a huge meme.

For just a few days, Obama can let go and not give a crap what’s happening back home. Even his best friend, Diamond Joe Biden, must be far from his mind at a time like this:

Can you blame him, though? He’s a private citizen again after eight long years of battling an obstructionist Congress for any incremental progress he could eke out, and now his opponents are ready to undo it all. They say the best revenge is living well, and Obama’s living like this:

According to Branson, Obama has a story about a surfing trip to Hawaii just before he took office: 

When he came in from an exhilarating session, the new head of his security team turned to him and said: “This will be the last time you surf for eight years.” 

Now that he’s no longer the leader of the free world, he’s happy to get back in the water again, and tons of people online are happy that he’s happy. 

Have fun, dude, but remember to come home someday. We still need you.

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*First Published: Feb 8, 2017, 2:13 pm CST