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Obama bids farewell to presidency and goes into full vacation mode

There’s no looking back.


Audrey Browning

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 1, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 2:13 am CDT

While the people of the internet are coping with (or celebrating) executive orders, immigration bans, and a new president, former commander-in-chief Barack Obama is busy debuting his new alter ego: Uncle Barry.

Sporting a pair of flip-flops and a backwards ball cap, Uncle Barry is vacationing with Michelle in the Virgin Islands post-presidency, and we aren’t sure they’re ever coming back.

Barack Obama may have been a wearer of dad jeans, but Uncle Barry has no time for full-length pants. Shorts and beer are the only way to go. Oh, and hanging out with billionaire Richard Branson.

But when did this transformation take place? When did the suit-clad president and occasional dad-jeans wearer turn into the uncle in charge of the barbecue? Is this a permanent transition?

Some are more concerned with Barack’s return than Barry’s time off.

While others squabble over the new president and new policies, Uncle Barry has only one thing on his mind: his next beer.

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*First Published: Feb 1, 2017, 2:50 pm CST