PHOTO: Barack Obama has an amazing office for the next month. (photo via Flickr/Dany13)
Barack Obama is back at work. Only, his method of heading back to the grind might differ from yours.
Normally, going back to the office after a vacation means waking early and going to an actual office.
Obama is indeed writing his memoirs, part of a $60 million deal, but he is doing it amid some truly breathtaking vistas.
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We recently told you that the former president had flown into Tahiti en route to the confines of paradise known as Tetiaroa and its lavish resort, The Brando. While speculating at the time, we now know that Obama is hard at work on his upcoming book chronicling his time as president.
The Washington Post reports on the 55-year-old’s plans while on an island once owned by Marlon Brando: “He plans an extended stay there to start writing his White House memoir, according to a person familiar with his plans who asked for anonymity to discuss them.”
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As we dig into Tetiaroa, we discover that it indeed isn’t a horrible place to kick up your feet and sink into some hard work.
The island did belong to Brando, who became smitten with the gorgeous locale while looking for destinations for 1962’s “Mutiny on the Bounty.” That’s according to Tahiti.com, which is filled with nifty trivia on the amazing atoll that sits out in the Pacific Ocean.
For example, before it was a location fit for actors and presidents, it was a go-to respite for Tahitian chiefs and kings. The Pacific Beachcomber Group has since acquired the area and built a jewel in the form of the Brando Resort. A night here costs as much as $13,220.
Regardless of who has owned the property, a running theme seems to be a dedication to conservation. The actor wanted an island to serve as a scientific oasis, and now officials have maintained its “untouched” quality.
The Brando is matching a green attitude to its crystal blue waters and gorgeous white sands.
The Brando and its Eco involvment from The Brando Resort on Vimeo.
The Brando actually states: “We consider ourselves stewards of Tetiaroa, and believe that we have the responsibility to treat it with the highest level of care and respect.”
This isn’t just an empty statement either. Its website has a long list of innovations that continue to sustain the area and the wildlife that inhabit it. Perhaps key among these endeavors is to become carbon neutral. The website explains that the resort features things such as solar panels along the airstrip that garner about half of the compound's power.
But it’s also looking to things such as bicycles and solar-powered vehicles to reach its end goal of net-zero carbon impact.
There is even an Ecostation called Te Fare rauihi (translates: The House of Multiple Sciences) that welcomes researchers from around the world to study this location and its unique natural features.
Marlon Brando is credited with leaving the atoll and its surrounding area as it was when he purchased it, keeping a close eye on the conservation of this Tahitian treasure. For example, here is one interesting tidbit on how Brando, or at least his legacy, improved the area:
National Geographic reports on the Tetiaroa Society and its work to eradicate mosquitoes on one islet without pesticides or genetic engineering.
In what is a process far more elaborate than we can do justice, researchers mated specific male mosquitoes with females to sterilize them and whittle down the population. In the span of six months, those working with the mosquitoes had nearly wiped Ae. polynesiensis from Onetahi islet.
So, yes, the former president is now working and playing in a location that doesn’t even boast mosquitoes, once imposing in the area.
The one great mystery that beguiles us now is: How could Obama possibly get any work done in this place?