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Michelle and Barack Obama enjoy a beach front lunch in Melbourne’s Stokehouse restaurant

Michelle and Barack Obama were spotted out in Melbourne today enjoying lunch at a beachfront restaurant during the former president’s speaking tour of Australia.

The couple had some down time as they enjoyed a meal at the Stokehouse restaurant, St Kilda beach.

Obama, who is in Australia for a speaking tour, spoke in Sydney on Tuesday night for ‘An Evening with President Obama’, where tickets start from $195.

He and Michelle have been snapped out enjoying sights like the Sydney Opera House, going to dinner and even walking over Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Their latest outing was to Stokehouse, which houses a high-end restaurant serving seafood and Wagyu fillets for $90 (AU$135), as well as a cheaper pasta bar alternative. 

The former president and first lady were spotted leaving a beachfront restaurant in Melbourne

Michelle Obama was dressed down in a white t-shirt, wide leg jeans and a blazer

Michelle Obama was dressed down in a white t-shirt, wide leg jeans and a blazer

Obama looked smart in a classic suit for the outing with his wife, which comes during his tour of Australia

Obama looked smart in a classic suit for the outing with his wife, which comes during his tour of Australia

Michelle was dressed down in a white t-shirt, wide leg jeans and a blazer for the meal. She paired her look with a headband and sunglasses 

Meanwhile her husband wore a classic suit with his top button undone as they kicked back.

It comes after, an Aboriginal elder who was dumped from performing at a welcome ceremony in Melbourne received an apology yesterday from event organisers.

Wurundjeri Elder Joy Murphy, 78, was set to perform the welcome ceremony for the ex-US president’s speech in Melbourne on Wednesday night. 

Stokehouse on St Kilda beach houses a high-end restaurant serving seafood and Wagyu fillets for $90 (AU$135), as well as a cheaper pasta bar alternative downstairs

Stokehouse on St Kilda beach houses a high-end restaurant serving seafood and Wagyu fillets for $90 (AU$135), as well as a cheaper pasta bar alternative downstairs

Ahead of the event, she asked organisers if she could bring a support person and a cultural gift for Mr Obama. 

However, the shocked elder says she was then told she was being ‘too difficult’ by the organisers, the Growth Faculty, who axed her from the event. 

Growth Faculty has since apologised to Aunty Joy.

‘Growth Faculty has apologised to Aunty Joy that last night’s ceremony could not be changed,’ the organisers said in a statement on Thursday morning.

Wurundjeri Elder Joy Murphy, 78, was set to perform the Welcome to Country ceremony for Barack Obama's event on Wednesday night

Wurundjeri Elder Joy Murphy, 78, was set to perform the Welcome to Country ceremony for Barack Obama’s event on Wednesday night

‘Aunty Joy has accepted Growth Faculty’s invitation to perform Welcome to Country at a business lunch taking place in Melbourne today.

‘Due to security requirements, the organisation was unable to accommodate last-minute changes to the agreed upon ceremony.’

Obama held the second of his talks on Wednesday evening at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

The ‘An Evening with Obama’ event, according to his site, saw the former president tell his story.

‘A story of resilience, overcoming obstacles and fighting injustice, President Obama’s historical achievements were driven by an unmatched tenacity and determination that have become synonymous with his name,’ it reads.

Mr Obama and his wife Michelle arrived in Melbourne by private jet on Wednesday as he continues his speaking tour

Mr Obama and his wife Michelle arrived in Melbourne by private jet on Wednesday as he continues his speaking tour

‘As an attorney, author and 44th President of the United States, there is no voice more relevant to leaders than his.

‘At this special event, he will touch on his time in office, the work of the Obama Foundation and inspire you with his thoughts on the future of leadership.’

The security costs for Obama’s million dollar two day speaking tour of Australia have proved controversial in Australia.

Radio host Ray Hadley asked why taxpayers had to foot the bill for NSW, Victoria and Federal police officers.

Inside Barack Obama’s tour of Australia for paid speeches 

Sunday night: Barack and Michelle Obama touch down in Sydney ahead of his speaking tour

Monday: The former US president was greeted by John F. Kennedy’s daughter and US ambassador Caroline Kennedy at the Four Seasons.

He then met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at Kirribilli House.

Mr Obama later went for a walk along the cliffs at North Head, near Manly – as more than a dozen police cars and a dozen police motorbikes waited by the road nearby. 

He then attended a lunch at the Bathers Pavillion restaurant at Balmoral with Ms Kennedy – a witness saying he was dining in a room where the curtains were closed to the outside world

Mr and Mrs Obama were later snapped at the Sydney Opera House on Monday evening.

Tuesday: Mr Obama was seen enjoying an afternoon coffee while his wife took to Mosman Bay in a yacht, cruising around the harbour for about an hour

He later spoke to a crowd at the Aware Super Theatre on Tuesday night for ‘An Evening with President Obama’, where tickets start from $195.

There he spoke of tensions with China, and in Russia, artificial intelligence and his thoughts on Sydney. 

Wednesday: Mr Obama and his wife enjoyed a walk over Sydney Harbour Bridge with their entourage. They then flew to Melbourne for Mr Obama to deliver a speech 

Before the speech, there was uproar over an Indigenous Elder being axed from the schedule of the event, after she was poised to deliver the Welcome to Country.

Event organizers apologized to her. 

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