Richard Branson: Michelle Obama told me 'we're free' after leaving White House
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Entrepreneur Richard Branson said Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaElection Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' Dems ready to move past Michelle Obama’s ‘go high’ message Obamas greeted by screaming fans at Martha's Vineyard MORE told him “We’re free” after leaving the White House in January.

Branson wrote in his new book, “Finding My Virginity,” that the former first lady said she felt liberated after the couple left the White House in January, according to passages of the book provided to People Magazine. The Obamas spent a 10 day vacation with Branson in the British Virgin Islands in January.


“It’s so nice to have my name back after eight years,” she told Branson, according to the book.

The British entrepreneur wrote that the Obamas insisted on staff at the island calling them by their first names and hosted a party for the employees at the end of their trip.

Michelle Obama told Branson that it was the first time she was sad to end a vacation and asked, “Can we just bottle this up and keep this vibe?” Branson wrote.

Former President Obama also reportedly took advantage of the opportunity for water sports and learned how to kite surf during the vacation.

“At the end of the thrilling kitesurfing session, he was standing shirtless at the back of the boat with an invigorated look on his face, muscles bulging and eyes beaming. I looked at him and thought: ‘Eat your heart out, Putin!' ” Branson wrote.