Barack Obama returned to watersports after the 8-year break during the vacation in British Virgin Islands. The former American governor participated in the kitesurfimg contest with Richard Branson, who hosted the man and his wife Michelle.
According to Branson, Obama mentioned that the presidency debarred him from many joys of life. The former President said he surfed in Hawaii just before the assumption of an office. And Obama was told that was his last surfing experience for the next 8 years by the new head of his security team.
The forecast was honest. Obama could not return to watersports for this period of time. But he quickly filled the gap after he left the office. It looked like the former U. S. President decided to try something new during the “returning”, as he didn’t kitesurf before. Branson taught him basic principles, and learned how to foil board in return. The “lecture” ended up with the friendly race that was won by Obama.
“We were neck and neck until the last run on the last day, when I screamed along for over 50 metres, three feet above the water… [but then I saw] Barack go 100 metres on his kiteboard! I had to doff my cap to him and celebrate his victory,” said Branson.
Barack Obama became a “security blanket” for Trump
While Obama is on wacation, he continues indirectly participate in the work of American government. Sources mention Donald Trump and his administration use the predecessor as a security blanket. Trump criticized Obama for months; he blamed the former president in weakness, foundation of ISIS and other sins. Now the new President uses same strategies as his predecessor did, and blames him existing mistakes.
This tactic looks common for American presidents. Obama acted the same at the beginning of his career, when he blamed George W. Bush for some of the current problems.
But what is remarkable about Trump is how vehemently he ran against Obama. Not only did Trump describe the Obama presidency in near apocalyptic terms during the campaign, he was the leader of the “Birther” movement, an attempt to delegitimize the president he is now using as a shield.
For example, the new office blamed previous administration for the current botched raid in Yemen that left one US Navy SEAL dead and three more wounded, as well as another three hurt in an Osprey crash. Sean Spicer and some other anonymous sources from the White House blame Obama and his officials in these incidents.