By Kenzie Bryant. Photos: Getty Images.
Oprah, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and the Obamas walked onto a boat. It isn’t the start to an advertisement for a cruise that many would be honored to throw money at. It’s simply an event that transpired in early April, per a Travel + Leisure report. But when it came to sharing tales from the high seas, at least one member of this boat summit is staying mum.
“I can’t talk about it, I can’t talk about it!” Winfrey told People on the red carpet for her new film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. “What happens on the boat, stays on the boat.”
What happens on the boat, stays on the boat. What a blow, Oprah. The Obamas were on vacation with Richard Branson recently and he practically wrote a novel about their time together. There are, thankfully, some details available about the trip: they lunched on Vanilla Island and they dropped by Le Taha’a Island before heading on to Bora Bora. So they island hopped.
So what happened on the boat? Oprah’s signature margaritas almost definitely happened. A late night game of hearts maybe happened (Michelle won, of course. Of course!). A Captain Phillips joke certainly happened. Power point presentations for a four-pronged effort to save the world should have happened. A memoir and fiction reading likely happened. Between all the writing this group has produced of late, like Springsteen’s Born to Run and Hanks’s Uncommon Type, it must have. Maybe a dramatic reading of the Art of the Deal __happened for comedy reasons.
Perhaps a workshop on the first drafts of the twin memoirs that the Obamas are writing happened (over the above noted signature margaritas). The two heads of the former First Family traveled to French Polynesia in the first place to complete their shared $65 million book deals, after all, and that’s a top-tier group for feedback.
It’s possible, too, that they’re on that luxury yacht called Rising Sun to get away from their public personas, to take a breather from holding up American chins up for awhile, which is all fine and fair. What happens on the boat, should certainly stay on the boat. But the minute Oprah or any of the other attendees would like to share vacation photos, just point to where to plug in the projector.
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