Barack Obama to return to political stage this fall with 'delicate dance'

Former President Barack Obama is set to return to the national political stage this fall, but Democratic insiders say his presence will likely be low key.

According to aides who spoke to The Hill, Obama won't be a Democratic poster face, but will rather help rebuild the embattled party that suffered a blow in the 2016 presidential election when their candidate -- Hillary Clinton -- lost to Donald Trump.

While Americans have seen the 44th president vacationing in Indonesia and speaking in Europe, he's been keeping fairly quiet publicly on matters of politics. He did, however, urge Congress not to repeal and replace his signature health care law -- the Affordable Care Act -- during a May speech as he accepted the Profiles in Courage Award.

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Now reports are saying that behind the scenes, he's actually been quite active.

The Hill reports that he met with DNC Chairman Tom Perez in July and met with lawmakers to give guidance on several issues.

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Although no formal schedule was given to The Hill, Obama will reportedly be fundraising and helping other Democrats campaign as 2018 midterm elections rev up.

One aide described his returns as the beginning of a "delicate dance" in getting back into the political mix.

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After eight years in office, the Obamas headed off on a well-deserved break in January.

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The first stop (after a very brief stint in Palm Springs) was Necker Island.

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This 72-acre island — located in the British Virgin Islands — is owned by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

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It's one of the most exclusive places to stay in the world.

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It can sleep a maximum of 34 guests.

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An individual room on the island starts at $4,280 a night, for a week minimum.

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The entire island can also be rented for $78,000 a day.

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Obama has been enjoying activities since he's been away. On his blog, Branson shared photos of the former US president kitesurfing off nearby Moskito Island.

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According to Branson, this was the first time Obama had kite-surfed since his time in office.

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Branson wrote on his blog that he challenged Obama to a competition to see who could learn how to kite-surf and foil board more quickly.

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Branson said that inviting the Obamas to his island was "a huge honor," the Associated Press reported.

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Branson admitted that Obama won the challenge, managing to kite-surf 100 meters on his board.

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After a quick pit stop in San Jose, California to meet some tech executives, Obama headed to his home state of Hawaii to play a round of golf at Mid Pacific Country Golf Club. He was later spotted dining at laid-back surf-and-turf restaurant Buzz's Lanikai in Kailua.

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The Brando is named after the late Marlon Brando, who bought the island in 1967.

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It was then transformed into a luxury resort in 2014.

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The resort has 35 villas on a white-sand beach. A one-bedroom villa costs north of $2,500 per night in the low season and more than $3,800 in the high season.

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The villas have between one and three bedrooms; each has its own plunge pool.

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Activities are a big part of the Polynesian experience. Local news station TNTV published photos of Michelle Obama paddle boarding after she joined her husband in French Polynesia.

Besides enjoying the water activities, the former president is rumored to have been working on his memoirs during their stay at The Brando, according to the Telegraph.

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The Obamas then joined Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, and Oprah Winfrey aboard David Geffen's "Rising Sun" yacht off the Island of Moorea in the South Pacific. Obama spent nearly a month in French Polynesia.

In May, the Obamas headed to Italy, beginning with a brief stop in Milan, where Barack Obama delivered a sold-out speech at the Food Innovation Summit.

Source: The Times

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The couple went on to Tuscany for a six-day vacation, staying at Borgo Finocchieto, a restored 14th-century village that is now a private hotel.

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The property is owned by John Phillips, an American who served as US Ambassador to Italy under the Obama administration from 2013 to early 2017. Phillips bought the abandoned village and began renovations in 2001.

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While vacationing in Tuscany, Michelle Obama was spotted exploring the nearby town of Montalcino.

Barack was also pictured playing golf at the Castiglion del Bosco course, a 15-minute drive away from Phillips' property.

Source: Daily Mail

The couple also managed to sample some of Italy's best food, cooked by world-renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura at an event hosted by John Phillips.

 Source: Huffington Post

Since their Italian vacation, President Obama has been traveling around Europe on business for the Obama Foundation, Time reported. He was also seen golfing at St. Andrews in Scotland.

This June, the Obama family is reportedly staying at the $2,500-a-night Four Seasons hotel in Bali, Indonesia.

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Source: Daily Mail

The whole family was spotted whitewater rafting in the Ayung River.

Later, they visited the Tirta Empul temple, which is famed for its holy water. Michelle, Malia, and Sasha donned yellow sarongs for the visit.

Source: Daily Mail

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