Living The Well Earned Good Life



It was a huge honour to be able to invite President Barack and Michelle Obama down to the British Virgin Islands for a complete break after Barack finished his second term as President and the family left the White House. One of the first stories Barack told me when he and Michelle arrived on Moskito Island was how, just before he became President, he had been surfing on a dangerous break in Hawaii. When he came in from an exhilarating session, the new head of his security team turned to him and said: “This will be the last time you surf for eight years.” For the next eight years he didn’t have the chance to surf, enjoy watersports or do many of the things he loved. So it was tremendous to offer him the chance to learn to kitesurf.

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132 Responses to “Living The Well Earned Good Life”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    February 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm


  2. 15 Allison
    February 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm

  3. 17 57andfemale
    February 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Oh, great. Now Bannon is after the one Pope we could really love and respect:

  4. February 7, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Love, love, love these pictures. Thank you NW!

  5. 27 Judith Fardig
    February 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Our gorgeous forever President looks like he is having a fantastic time!

  6. 28 whenpamelawandered
    February 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Fuck Pence. He will pay a high price for ignoring We The People.

    “Unfortunately, in a first ever tied-up vote for a cabinet confirmation, the Vice President cast the final vote to put DeVos over the top.”

    Email from Martin Heinrich

  7. 29 joyfulmeme
    February 7, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    The Right Wing Propaganda machine is at it again. They claim George Soros is funding the protest around the country. I looked for evidence. The only thing I found was more right wing propaganda. I also saw a RW Congressman from CA (McClintock) mock his constituents claiming he needed police protection to be able to leave a townhall or wherever he was. That part was unclear. Progressives need to push back and push back hard. We should not lay down and let them get away with this.

    • 30 purpleshoesla
      February 7, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      RW Propoganda = Projection/Distraction/Diversion/Whipping up the Base. The Koch Brothers and other RW billionaires have been funding the corruption of our government and the full scale assault on and destruction of our democracy FOR DECADES. Even if it is true, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Why can’t there a billionaire or two on the side of justice and resistance is my question.

    • 31 pkayden
      February 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Never waste your time looking for evidence to support Rightwing lies. There is none. Our side just needs to keep on protesting and resisting this regime.

  8. 32 No Child Left Behind
    February 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille.

    There are no words for any of the nonsense going on. I blame every one of those people that voted for the Orange Man.

  9. February 7, 2017 at 1:14 pm

  10. February 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm

  11. February 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm

  12. 44 Allison
    February 7, 2017 at 1:21 pm

  13. 45 RosesForObama
    February 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Thank You so much Nerdy for posting this wonderful, wonderful photo of President Obama, so full of energy and humane charisma.
    WoW! how it made my day,

  14. 46 Gazelle
    February 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    [Pardon me if this has already been posted. Love this flight attendant!]

    A flight attendant rescued a victim of human trafficking after she spotted the girl looking “dishevelled” on a plane accompanied by a well-dressed man. […..]

    More here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/flight-attendant-save-teenage-girl-human-trafficking-secret-note-sheila-frederick-alaska-airlines-a7564506.html

  15. 47 Bill R.
    February 7, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    It’s so good to see our President Obama relaxed and having fun.

  16. February 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm

  17. 49 CEB
    February 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    So De Vos gets in and looks like Sessions will as well; hard to feel that our efforts matter at all. I have to remind myself that these are opening battles won in what will be a long war to save our democracy.
    So good to see my that my forever president had such a good time (Thank you, Sir Richard) in the waters around Necker Island. It must have ben so hard for an Hawaiian water baby to be so restricted from his natural habitat and habits for 8 years. So thankful that he is in such great shape that allows him to be as active as he wishes. This was a great find, NW.

    • February 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      I know this is difficult and it´s hard to look at the bright side there right now, but I honestly mean I am not cynical when I say that there is something to the fact that for the first time in history approving a cabinet member was opposed with such vigour that it took a VP´s vote to break the tie. Some days it´s the small things that count. Constant dripping wears away the stone.

      • 51 CEB
        February 7, 2017 at 2:21 pm

        Thanks for pointing this out, it does help. Normal people would look at all of the opposition and try to lead in such a way to listen to all voices and to work on getting good ideas to solve problems, but this poisonous crew is going in like wrecking balls.

      • 52 jacquelineoboomer
        February 7, 2017 at 3:06 pm

        *Constant dripping wears away the stone.

        Love that! Thank you.

      • 53 purpleshoesla
        February 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

        “but I honestly mean I am not cynical when I say that there is something to the fact that for the first time in history approving a cabinet member was opposed with such vigour that it took a VP´s vote to break the tie.” –

        THIS! Thank you Nilathiel.

        I just called my two senators’ offices to thank them for voting no and to maintain their resolve to vote no on Sessions, Gorsuch and the rest of the GOP’s agenda of destruction as this constitutent recognizes that we are in the fight of our lives for our very democracy and for them both to keep pushing and fighting. They need to hear that as well.

        • February 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm

          And on addition to that, it reminded me of what I read these days (not sure if it was here), namely that the positive side effect of what Trump is doing is that Muslims around the world do not just perceive Trump´s bullshittery, but that they see the people who protest, the people who take to the streets, the lawyers flocking to airports and the people holding up signs and cheering on refugees and cheering on Muslims praying at American airports (I am pretty sure that last example was what Trevor Noah talked about and how awesome that is). SO there is that….

  18. 55 Niliathiel
    February 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Aww, flippin´awesome 🙂

  19. February 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I don’t doubt this….

  20. February 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Hello everybody!

    Thank you, Nerdy for brightening my day and I am sure everyone’s too. It is a thrill seeing PBO looking so relaxed and refreshed. He deserves every minute of this respite.


    Dudette, miss you a bunch!! (((((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))).

  21. February 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I am so glad he is out of this hostile environment. I miss him, and things are not good for us, but maybe we will stop being complacent and do everything we can to bring some joy and hope back, as we should have done when he was in office.
    I know that we at TOD did the best we could, but so many others just sat around, soaking in his sunshine, and complaining at every turn. Now we are living an absolute nightmare. Now people wonder what has happened?
    I am so frustrated, so pissed, and after Devos, so discouraged that I could cry. America has screwed herself, and we all are going to pay for the ignorance, hatred, and Power hungry in its midst.

    So, yeah, play on President OBAMA and family. Enjoy the heck out of your free time. You earned it, you deserve it, and I for one cheer for you and yours!

    Thank you for your service, sir. Maybe now the world will finally realize what we had😪

  22. February 7, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    How sweet it is! You have indeed earned every minute of that vacation PBO and MO.

  23. 61 Allison
    February 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    • 62 CEB
      February 7, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      In response to the press secretary’s lies. Why are people so afraid to call them what they are? 45 lies, Spicer lies, Conway lies, there is proof of this almost everyday.

    • 63 No Child Left Behind
      February 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      I didn’t know that WWIII would begin with words, words of CNN for that matter!


    • 64 pkayden
      February 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Yet CNN tolerated Trump’s lies during the election cycle. Strange.

  24. 65 Nena20409
    February 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Hello TOD.
    This is President Obama saying Free at last, Thank God Almighty, I am free to do as I please! Good for him! Enjoy POTUS44. Life is too short and We took 8yrs from you. Live & Enjoy!
    Thanks, TOD!
    I was listening to the Stephanie Show today. She talked about Pres Obama and his Water activities. Now, I get to see it at TOD! Thanks, guys!

  25. 66 Nena20409
    February 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm

  26. 68 Allison
    February 7, 2017 at 2:35 pm

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  28. 73 Nena20409
    February 7, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    This is an act of Terror, IMHO
    Threatening a State Legislator on Tape in a Democratic Republic Nation?


  29. 77 Nena20409
    February 7, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  30. 78 No Child Left Behind
    February 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

  31. 82 No Child Left Behind
    February 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

  32. 83 Nena20409
    February 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm

  33. February 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    • 85 desertflower
      February 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      IN that case, how about the entire media start calling out the LIES that come from the WH every single day!! AND CALL THEM LIES!

  34. February 7, 2017 at 3:01 pm

  35. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    February 7, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    • February 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Something is seriously wrong with these Republicans. They have no morals or values, no character. Something is wrong with them.

      • 89 Believe Again
        February 7, 2017 at 6:34 pm

        None at all, no heart, no conscience, no integrity, no morals. They have been setting up for the battle to subdue “minorities” put them in their “place” and prove once and for all that “Caucasian” and “Rich” are supreme.

      • 90 jacquelineoboomer
        February 7, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        I agree, bella.

  36. February 7, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Thirty-eight pro-democracy groups, including the NAACP and Common Cause, denounced the vote. “The EAC is the only federal agency which has as its central mission the improvement of election administration, and it undertakes essential activities that no other institution is equipped to address,” says the Brennan Center for Justice.

  37. 92 desertflower
    February 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    He lied AGAIN??

  38. 93 purpleshoesla
    February 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Love that smile. Warms the <3, to see our illustrious forever Prez looking so joyful.

  39. 94 Nena20409
    February 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm

  40. 95 No Child Left Behind
    February 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Elections have consequences.

  41. 96 No Child Left Behind
    February 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm

  42. 97 57andfemale
    February 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Oh. My. God.

  43. 99 No Child Left Behind
    February 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    So true, I remember that my POTUS had the BP oil, the West Nile virus, Ebola, Zika, the T-baggers and the GOP obstruction…

  44. 101 purpleshoesla
    February 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm

  45. 102 purpleshoesla
    February 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    • 103 COS
      February 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Another case of stealing, that Republicans are noted for. We have to vote like our lives depend on it in 2018 and dump these crooks. Republican are liars and crooks.

  46. February 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Lots of flooding here in NorCal. Hope you SoCal TODers are safe!

    • 105 purpleshoesla
      February 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Stay safe Meta! We had a flood advisory that ended Monday morning and it’s starting to clear up for the moment but more rain expected later in the week. Everyone down here is concerned (rightfully so) with mudslides from these storms. We’re pretty soggy/water logged all the way around but the hillsides are green in every direction in the LA basin.

      • February 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

        Thank you, purpleshoes! This morning we had streets along the Bay flooding over in SF. And the wind is very intense. I hope your area stays safe from mud slides. We will be happy for the GREEN come Spring.

        • 107 0388jojothecat
          February 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm

          Hi Meta & Purpleshoesla, we’ve had lots of rain and I am done with it. Sorry for those in NoCal that have flooding. Yes, it’s nice and green every where and it looks pretty. Be safe TOD’ers.

  47. February 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Keeping America White!!!

    GOP Senators To Intro Bill That Could Curb Number Of Green Cards

    Source: Talking Points Memo

    Published FEBRUARY 7, 2017, 8:37 AM EDT

    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would limit who could sponsor an immigrant to receive a green card, Politico reported Tuesday morning.

    Currently, U.S. citizens and permanent residents can sponsor family members to obtain green cards, but this bill would only allow someone’s spouse or child who is an unmarried minor to sponsor them for a green card, according to Politico. The bill would also allow for children to bring over elderly parents, per Politico.

    The legislation would also limit the refugee program to 50,000 people per year and eliminate the diversity lottery, which sets aside 50,000 visas each year to citizens from countries from which few people immigrate to the U.S., per Politico.

    Cotton’s office told Politico that the bill would reduce legal immigration by about 40 percent in the first year of implementation and by 50 percent over ten years.

  48. 109 Nena20409
    February 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm

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  50. February 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm

  51. 114 sherijr
    February 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    More lies from this pos: Mom: White House using daughter’s death to “promote Islamic hate”


    Asked again about the incident on Tuesday, the Queensland Police issued a statement stating clearly that the attack was not determined to have been an act of terrorism.
    “We are confident he acted alone and had no known local connections. The crimes were not about race or religion, but individual criminal behaviour,” the police said.

  52. 115 57andfemale
    February 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm


  53. February 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm

  54. 118 CEB
    February 7, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    There needs to be an investigation of all of the republicans in congress to find out what the powers that be have on them to get them to obstruct against everything that will improve our lives and for everything that can and will destroy lives here and abroad.

  55. 119 sherijr
    February 7, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    about 6 yrs ago I was sitting at the VA waiting to see my doctor… this was in ND. Sitting across from me were two “old soldiers” couple of vets in their 70s-80s. One says to the other: “I’ll be so glad when the apocalypse comes” The other responds “me too”. These two men were dead serious. I was dumbfounded by this exchange.

    Why am I mentioning this? All along I’ve figured there is a religious aspect to much of this for Trump’s cohorts.. aside from the fact they want to “drown govt in the bathtub” and basically do away with all of our safe guards that good govt provides. I also am reminded that these “conservatives” are also right wingers many of which look forward too- want – the apocalypse. Crazy as it all seems to me, and no doubt to most of us rational types- what if, that is exactly what they’re working toward?

  56. February 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    What!?!?!?!? Vacationing already!?!?!? Signing all those EO’s must have worn him out!!! I guess there’s no need for him to be in DC anyway since #PresidentBannon is running things.

  57. February 7, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Seems to be a pattern with many GOP congressionals…speak negatively about something/someone but vote for them anyway. What’s the point?

    • 122 COS
      February 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      When will folks stop believing McCain, Rubio and all Republicans? When I see a Republican’s lips moving, I know they are lying.
      They gained majorities in both Houses by sticking together. Democrats are all over the map. Prime example, are all of those Democrats who voted for Trump’s nominees.

  58. February 7, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Kevonstage commenting on 44’s vacation


  59. 127 purpleshoesla
    February 7, 2017 at 6:04 pm

  60. 131 Sara
    February 7, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    ¨These days, one can only be pro-life if one supports health care reform; supports religious freedom for non-Christians; is in favor of food stamps and WIC; supports immigration reform, prison reform, and gun control; opposes climate change; affirms a sustainable minimum wage; opposes capital punishment; and is opposed to war. ¨ http://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/2/3/14487208/pro-life-abortion-movement

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