Former President Barack Obama looked to be in deep thought as he headed home from a workout, escorted by his smallest motorcade in years.
The nation’s 44th president has chosen to spend the first days of his newfound retirement playing golf and hitting the gym at Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.
From The DailyMail
Obama was captured looking tired and in heavy contemplation as he was driven back to his home in a dark vehicle, flanked by his tiny new security detail on Sunday.
He seemed to be in better spirits on Saturday when he was driving around in a golf cart at the ultra-exclusive Porcupine Creek Golf Club, just outside Palm Springs, California.
His entourage at the club, including a handful of secret service agents, negotiated the stunning 18-hole private course in several golf carts.
The security detail Obama became accustomed to in the White House will remain a permanent fixture of his life, thanks to a bill he signed in 2013.
Previously, a law passed in 1977 only allowed for presidents to receive Secret Service protection for ten years after they left office.
This legislation allows for all presidents, past, present and future, to have the protection for the rest of their lives.
Obama was seen chatting and laughing with his golfing companions on the first day of his vacation and at one point fist bumped another golfer after watching a decent shot.
The former president stopped for a break during the round and was seen eating a sandwich while sat in his cart on a sunny day in the Coachella Valley.
Used to being in control, Obama chose to drive his own golf cart rather than have an aide ferry him between holes.
Just two days after leaving the White House, Obama is in the Palm Springs area on vacation.
He and Michelle are staying at the mansion of Spanish ambassador James Costos and his husband, interior designer Michael Smith, in Rancho Mirage.
Obama was earlier spotted heading to the Thunderbird Country Club for an hour long exercise session.
The world-class private golf course in Rancho Mirage is one of the desert’s best-kept golfing secrets and rests against a mountain backdrop with a stunning rugged landscape.
The course is owned by Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison and membership is by invitation only.
Golf Digest once ranked it as one of the top 20 golf courses in California.
About the only way to see the golf course is to hike Mountain Park or the Bump and Grind Trail in Rancho Mirage, which overlooks the private estate.
Obama played at Porcupine Creek in February this year and back in 2014 he was spotted there during another visit to the desert to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan.
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