Just before he left office, Barack Obama was asked by reporters about his post-presidency plans and the answer he gave was a little cryptic. “I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much. I want to spend precious time with my girls.”
I get the part about spending time with his children, but who knew Barack was gonna dip out of the public spotlight like Richard Simmons? Meanwhile, Donald Trump is lobbing hand grenades at the former President, blaming him for everything from wiretapping his phones in Trump Tower to helping orchestrate those phony attacks in Sweden. And all we get from Obama is radio silence.
So where is Barack Obama? Well, after vacationing with Sir Richard Branson in the Caribbean, and locking down a big, phat, multi-million dollar book deal, the former President has locked himself away in paradise to write his memoir.
This is the hideaway he chose — one of the most exclusive and remote places on the planet.
Welcome to Tetiaroa, an atoll (a ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands formed of coral) that is a part of the Society Islands in French Polynesia. Composed of a dozen tiny islands, Tetiaroa is 30 miles northeast of Tahiti and is literally as close as you can get to heaven on earth, without cutting a deal with the devil.
Let me give you a little background about this place because it is that amazing. Marlon Brando came to Tahiti in the ’60s while shooting the movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, discovered Tetiaroa, fell in love, and basically posted up there for the rest of his life. Before he passed away, Brando began to work on plans for a eco-friendly resort, so that others could get a taste of his island getaway. Today, that resort is one of the top destinations in the world.
The Brando consists of 35 villas on spectacular white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds.
A 1-bedroom villa will set you back nearly $3,000.00 bucks a night; there are also two- and three-bedroom villas on the property. The resort is actually running a special in April; your airfare from the airport in Tahiti to the island is free.
The resort, Brando’s dream, features a world-class spa and eateries, workout facilities, water sports, a tennis court, and a landscape that will blow your mind.
I can just imagine Obama at The Brando, writing his memoir, sipping on a massive Mai Tai and laughing his ass of about what’s going on back in D.C. Meanwhile, he’s getting his Robinson Crusoe on, swimming with the turtles and connecting with his Polynesian roots at night, walking on fire, getting ready to bounce back like a “G” (remember, he grew up in Hawaii).
Getting there is a bit of an adventure. After making the trek to Tahiti, you then take a short 20-minute flight on Air Tetiaroa.
Even their private terminal is something special.
This place is what Bucket List dreams are made of. So, if you’re wondering why Barack Obama hasn’t responded to all the madness in Washington, well, now ya know he’s busy chilling in the most beautiful place in the world. Obama out!
What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Sattelite
One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”
The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind; to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.
And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”
He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”
Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of back bone, a message about climate change and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the cautiousness.”
With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.
So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?
For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”
But it was Butler who suggested “Integration.”
He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying ‘here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”
Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.
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