Obama Bali Holiday Labaran June 2017

Obama in Bali: All the Pictures

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How does the former First Family handle a holiday in Bali? By touring the island’s delights, that’s how. 

See all the photos of Barack, Michelle, Sasha and Malia – The Obamas – during their recent visit to The Island of the Gods, where they caused quite a stir of excitement and brought about many thumbs-ups.


Obama Jet Arrive Bali

(1) The 44th U.S. President and family arrived in Bali, Indonesia on 23rd June 2017 aboard a private jet and were warmly greeted by a well organised line of people and two large cars.

One of the ladies wore a comfortable-looking white-coloured pull-over as she disembarked the aircraft, which is excellent flight attire.


Obamas Jet at Bali Airport

(2) Mr. Obama received a welcome handshake from Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika.

It is not known what was in the lonesome bag or why it had such prominence in this blurry photo.


Barack Obama at Tirta Empul Bali Temple

(3) For a visit to the Tirta Empul Temple outside of Ubud, a relaxed and informal Mr. Obama had the “Dad abroad look” nailed as he gestured to something in the distance.

Meanwhile, the man in the light-blue shirt stood with a wonderfully authoritative pose. It’s nothing short of majestic.


Obama Handshake Bali Temple

(4) Dressed in his favourite dark blue jeans and conventional white polo,  Mr. O warmly greeted hosts with his double-handed handshake and famous golden smile.


Sasha Obama and Malia Obama sightseeing in Bali

(5) Wearing the traditional garment known as sarong or selendang, Sasha and Malia Obama made sure they didn’t miss a shot with both a phone and chunky DSLR on hand.


Michelle Obama in Bali

(6) Michelle Obama confidently led the way in her brand-new sneakers as the family explored the site.


Obama waving in Bali

(7) Barack Obama waved to the many onlookers vying for his attention.

Better than nothing.


Obama at Bali Temple 2017

(8) Apparently it was tricky to get a good photo.


Obama tall tourist visiting Bali

(9) The presence of a shorter man in the posse almost cleared the way for an unobstructed view of Mr. Obama playing tourist. 


Barack and Michelle in Bali

(10)  As it turned out, his edgy specs and over-shoulder straps would catch your eye in any photo.


Obama and family in Bali

(11) Although here, we’re happy to see this woman thoroughly enjoying the spotlight alongside Barack.


 Barack Obama with security in Bali

(12) The former POTUS drew in quite the crowd as he took in the sights – so much so that his entourage positioned themselves in the tried and tested formation they call “The Ring of Obama” the effectiveness of which is clear to see as the man in the hat was quickly ferried away.


 Obama-Bali-Art Museum Ubud-refinery29com

(13) Finally there was a proper photo op at Bali’s Agung Rai Museum of Art, when Mr. Obama once again delivered his golden smile and Mrs. Obama a cheeky grin.


Obama Jatiluwih Ricefield 

(14) The Obamas were seen walking in the Jatiluwih rice bowl, a UNESCO-vetted tourist attraction fit for a President and a 2-for-1 to-do combining sightseeing with light exercise.

It’s a moderate hike for which you could wear your golf slacks or you know, your red gym shorts.


Obama Jatiluwih in shade

(15) Mr. Obama’s security team were always close to hand and nearly all were seen wearing baseball caps.

Obama however preferred the shade of an exceptionally large straw hat which hovered well above his head when needed.


Obama di Bali Jatiluwih 2017

(16) The Obamas and their baseball-capped entourage explored the exquisite rice fields, the man with the red shorts sometimes looking like a member of the group.


Obama di Jatiluwih Bali

(17) Mr. Obama adopted a stern glare and folded his arms as a mysterious figure in a brown coat approached.

It was most likely his wife.


Obama posed photograph Bali

(18) Obama enjoyed meeting some of the local families and posed for a few photographs. He adopted a friendly and welcoming pose, released that winning smile and most likely made someone’s day.

We note a real fondness for the “thumbs-up” in photographs with Obama. Seen here on three different hands.


Sasha Obama front of raft Bali

(19) The active family bravely took to the Ayung River in Ubud with their bright yellow paddles all pointing up (well most of them).


Obamas rafting Ayung River Bali

(20) Some may have been more distracted by the paparazzo than others.


Obama rafting in Bali

(21) Judging by his daughter Malia’s expression in this action shot, Mr. Obama likely gave out instructions on ‘rowing technique’ and ‘the correct grip’ in that way that only dads can do so well.


Obama family rafting Ubud Bali

(22) As of yet, there have been no official comments from the rafting guides.

It’s possible they are still resting following the undeniable exertion they put in to steer this inflatable boat on course.


Obama in Ubud rafting the Ayung River

(23) And in the end, water-good-time they all had…


Bali rafting company with Obama

(24) Some of the rafting crew excitedly posed with a damp looking Mr. Obama after their adventure on the water.

And once again the “thumbs-up” were being dutifully held aloft… seen here on 8 hands which could be some sort of record.


Barack Obama Bali coconut

(25) Undoubtedly this photo from Barack Obama’s June 2017 holiday in Bali is the one to remember, when the ever-so-charismatic American enjoyed a fresh coconut along with a blatant disregard for the top button.

 Obama leaving Bali

(26) Suddenly, with a wave of his hand (and professional help from his convoy), he was gone.


Obama in Indonesia

(27) Over in Java, Indonesia, Obama carried what looks like a bottle of Mizone flavoured sport water.

No word on whether the beverage was chosen to match his shirt or replenish electrolytes.


Suave and in control, Mr. Obama effortlessly retained an air of cool (despite the warm weather) for the duration of the vacation.


Thanks to those who made these remarkable images available:

(1) Jet arrival, Detik.com (2) Airport, The Jakarta Post (3) Tirta Empul Temple, EPA (4) Double-hand handshake, EPA (5) Obama daughters, AFP/Getty Images (6) Michelle’s sneakers, EPA (7) Lackluster wave, Getty Images (8) Long shot, Liputan.com (9) Shorter man, Reuters (10) Edgy specs, Reuters/Antara Photo Agency  (11) Eyebrows, Tempoco (12) Ring of Obama, The Guardian (13) Photo op, Refinery29 (14) Red shorts, News AU (15) Straw hut hat, News AU (16) Jatiluwih procession, News AU (17) Mystery figure, News AU (18) Jatiluwih pose, Arah.com (19) Paddles up, News AU (20) Camera eye contact, News AU (21) Eye roll, EPA (22) Rafting outfit,  News AU (23) Barack’s rafting smile, EPA (24) Thumbs-up record, Kompas.com (25) Coconut, Conde Nast Traveller (26) SUV exit, Reuters (27) Prambanan Temple, The Jakarta Post


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