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Barack Obama in Sydney: Locals slam ‘disturbing’ ex-president’s motorcade

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Barack Obama enjoys a coffee outside his Sydney hotel as locals rage over his “disturbing” motorcade through the city – and his wife Michelle rests on a yacht ahead of his $350 a person speech.

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Sydney residents have targeted the huge motorcade carrying former US President Barack Obama around the city.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrived in Australia on Sunday night before his tour, and have since visited several locations, including the Opera House and Balmoral Beach.

The former president was seen enjoying afternoon coffee on Tuesday, while Michelle went to Mossman Bay in a yacht, which cruised around the harbor for about an hour.

However, the pair are fired upon by locals who bomb the “disturbing” motorcade carrying them through town.

Some asked for information about who is paying for the caravan of black SUVs, while others wondered why Obama had such a large security presence for an ex-president.

Former US President Barack Obama was seen enjoying a coffee in the late afternoon on Tuesday

Former First Lady Michelle Obama leaves the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney.  She was later seen enjoying a yacht trip in the north of the city

Former First Lady Michelle Obama leaves the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. She was later seen enjoying a yacht trip in the north of the city

On social media, one critic asked: “Barack Obama is running across the country in a motorcade of 20 cars.

Why does the NSW taxpayer charge for their details? For goodness sake, he’ll be earning a million dollars or more on his speaking tour, so he’ll have to pay for it.

Another wrote: “One can only hope that Barack Obama and his wife Michael waved to the homeless as he passed by in his taxpayer-funded motorcade.”

While a third said: I flew on a private plane. Many of our gas consumers and police forces use it because it’s “very important”.

“He lectures us about climate change.”

Obama is scheduled to speak at Aware Super Theater Sydney on Tuesday night on “An Evening with President Obama”.

It’s the first leg of a whistle-blowing tour that will also see the former president speak in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The event offers Australians – willing to spend between $195 and $895 – a first-hand account from the politician on his ‘road to success’.

Barack Obama snapped a cute photo as he greeted fans before his win-win speech event on Tuesday night

Barack Obama snapped a cute photo as he greeted fans before his win-win speech event on Tuesday night

Former US President Barack Obama (center) waves to onlookers after leaving the Bathers' Suite in Balmoral on Monday

Former US President Barack Obama (center) waves to onlookers after leaving the Bathers’ Suite in Balmoral on Monday

Obama was greeted by crowds of fans on Tuesday morning as he checked out of the Four Seasons Hotel.

The security presence around the former president was massive on Tuesday, with crowds of police officers lining the streets outside the Four Seasons Hotel.

President Obama’s last official visit to Australia was for the G-20 summit in Brisbane in November 2014 — and before going down a private jet with Michelle on Sunday, he hadn’t been seen in public with his wife since last year.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese hosted Obama at the Kiribelli home on Monday morning.

The presidential couple were all smiles as they posed together for the camera, capturing the view by the harbor while holding black umbrellas amidst a light drizzle.

“Honored to welcome President @barackobama to Sydney,” Albanese captioned the post on Twitter, which has since been viewed more than a million times.

President Obama’s last official visit to Australia was for the G-20 summit in Brisbane in November 2014 — and before going down a private jet with Michelle on Sunday, he hadn’t been seen in public with his wife since last year.

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