After eight years of running the free world, the Obama family was definitely in need of a vacation. And after spending a long weekend in Palm Springs, the former first couple have now been spotted on the British Virgin Islands.
Barack and Michelle were spotted by one Twitter user as they escorted to the holiday home of billionaire Richard Branson by police and secret service agents.
And always one for style, Barack cheerfully said hello to those who had come to see him and replied “thank you so much” after someone wished him a happy holiday.
Talking of style, he also has his hat backward and Twitter can’t handle it.
The Obamas are believed to be on one of Branson’s private islands, he owns two — Necker and Moskito. He was likely on the island when he issued a statement condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans travel from seven Muslim countries and blocks refugee applications for three months.
“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities across the country,” the statement read. “In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day.”
“Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize, and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
“With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
Relax, president. You earned it.
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Last night’s 2016 BET awards were pretty legendary. The event, which was held at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, included a stunning performance by Beyoncé, a mind-blowing Prince tribute by Jennifer Hudson, and some hilarious hosting by Black-ish stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. Perhaps most notably, Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams gave an acceptance speech about the state of race in America that left most of the audience in tears. After thanking his family and friends and fans, Williams paid tribute to black women (as they are arguably the most marginalized members of society and the least appreciated), discussed the rampant violence against people of color, and addressed the appropriation of black culture in the entertainment industry.
But, of course, Twitter was only interested in talking about the fact that Spike Lee showed up dressed like Willy Wonka.
The famed filmmaker donned a purple top hat, jacket, and tie that would have made Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl proud.
There was the obvious question of who rocked the Wonka suit better.
…There’s really no contest. Spike Lee, all the way.
Frankly, the look suited him.
Was he hinting at a new career move?
And, we must admit, the title of the book / movie would sound a lot better with Lee’s name in it.
And all the songs sound better, too.
…Fingers crossed for a remake!
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