Following their departure from the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama headed for the Palm Springs area — where the president had said many times he was looking for some R&R and some sunshine. While he likely found a bit of the relaxation in comparison to the pace of the presidency — the family stayed at the impeccably decorated home of outgoing U.S. ambassador to Spain James Costos and his husband, the interior designer Michael Smith, who's been the White House's decorator since '08 — they did not find the warmth or sunshine.
An historic storm was drenching California during the weekend (although the rain did break in Los Angeles long enough to draw the globe's largest crowd as part of the coordinated Women's March under sunny skies).
So, after less than three days from their arrival in the desert, Barack and Michelle are bound for somewhere sunnier and even more exclusive: Richard Branson's private island in the Caribbean.
The former president and first lady boarded a private jet owned by the billionaire on Monday, according to TMZ. And that plane was bound for the airport near Necker Island, the island where Branson lives, and also hosts exclusive guests and events.
Branson is deeply steeped in many causes, including climate change — an issue close to the president's heart as well. Additionally, the jaunt makes sense as Branson is well known as a longtime supporter of the president. Just a couple days ago, during the White House's transition weekend, he posted a pic of himself and Obama with the hashtag "#thanksobama."
Located in the British Virgin Islands, Necker comprises 74 acres on the Caribbean, surrounded by coral reefs and white sandy beaches. Generally, it's booked exclusively for as many as 34 guests sharing 17 bedrooms.
Update: When the first couple landed at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, the British Virgin Islands' main airport, they posed for a snap with excited staff members of the facility.
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