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Obama to Return to Riverside County for Another Summit in February

President Barack Obama arrives at Palm Springs International Airport on June 7, 2013 for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands.
President Barack Obama arrives at Palm Springs International Airport on June 7, 2013 for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands.

President Barack Obama will hold a Feb. 14 summit with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Sunnylands Estate in Rancho Mirage, the White House announced Wednesday.

The two leaders will discuss "opportunities to strengthen the U.S.- Jordan strategic partnership and how to advance our political, economic and security cooperation." They will also discuss Middle East peace and neighboring Syria, according to a White House statement.

Abdullah met with members of Congress in the Jordanian capital of Amman last week to discuss issues in the Middle East, and met with Obama in Jordan last March. The two countries are "close friends and historic partners that have worked together to promote peace, prosperity and reform," according to the White House statement.

It will be Obama's second summit at Sunnylands. Last June, he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for two days at the former Annenberg estate, where they spoke about such topics as cyber security and greenhouse gas emissions.

Sunnylands will be closed to the public Feb. 10-17.

"We are profoundly honored that President Obama has chosen Sunnylands as the venue for this important meeting," said Geoffrey Cowan, president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

"Walter and Leonore Annenberg were outstanding philanthropists and diplomats who hoped that their estate would become the 'Camp David of the West' where the president could meet with world leaders to promote global peace and facilitate international agreements," he said. "The upcoming meeting between President Obama and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan ... continues to fulfill that vision, which is carried on by their children and grandchildren who serve as our trustees."

The estate, built in the mid-1960s by the Annenbergs, has hosted presidents, foreign heads of state, Supreme Court justices and celebrities. Sunnylands opened to the public in 2012.


— City News Service.



Patrick January 30, 2014 at 09:49 AM
How did the scum bag in chief find time for the summit, between: vacations, golfing, blowing the gay lobby, pushing amnesty for new dem voters, skirting Benghazi, and trying to convince Americans that global warming/climate change is not Santa Klaus.
SPB January 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Well, clearly the only rational explanation is that he actually has an army of clones that can go out and do his bidding while he hides in his private (tax payer funded) bunker as he awaits the impending marshall law order stripping America of its guns and bibles... Clearly.
SA January 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM
@Patrick & SPB … Y’all are spot on… and thank you!
I'm Not a Fighter I'm a Lover January 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM
@SA, The Tea Party is the problem, they are full of bologna. Republicans run the country into the ground, then point the finger at the democrats, then change their name to the Tea Party. It doesn't work like that, I would change the name of my party also if I was a Republican. Nice try though, please put down the cell phones and look up cause reality is up here.
I'm Not a Fighter I'm a Lover January 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Let's never forget that approval ratings for Republicans are even WORSE than Obama's. They have been for 6 years and will continue to be until The Republicans can take a deep long ugly look in the mirror.
Darla January 30, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Somehow I fail to understand how anyone can rationalize that Obama does NOT have his very own personal agenda when he says that he will circumvent congress to get done what HE wants done. The Liberal left are ok with this president ruling our country via EO's. He will claim Marshall law right before he is due to leave office... Hey Brenda, how many people voted for Obama because they thought they would get a free tv and Cell phone... Oh yeah, you forgot about that...
teri b January 30, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Thank you, Brenda, for your reasoned and critical post. Reading the so-called religious conservatives express their hatred for our President is something to behold. Their ignorance and complete absence of civic knowledge, pride and respect is what decent, honest and educated people expect of them, of course. Still, I'm always shocked at the gulf between reality and their sentiments. They've hunkered down to their low-information sources of faux news - despite the terrible political service these have turned out to provide them - and behave like the former race-masters they see themselves as. Poor victims! (Can't you retired white guys find the Newshour on PBS? Yes, it's more difficult to follow along but you'll be rewarded with real knowledge of US and world events!) Welcome to the rapidly-changing Riverside County, President Obama. We're very lucky indeed to have a person of your quality and integrity stop by. Know for certain that the curmudgeonly Tea Party folks are on their last, desperate legs. The country we love will be far better for it.
teri b January 30, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Darla, no one has told you yet that the government cell phone story is a typical right-wing lie? Have you heard of snopes? Look it up. The Lifeline program was started by Reagan in 1984. Oy Vey! The candidate promising goodies like more tax breaks and less regulation - both against the public interest - was Romney. Yeah, you must have forgotten.
SPB January 30, 2014 at 01:39 PM
@SA, you do realize I was just being snarky right? @Darla, why would anyone run for president if they didn't have an agenda? The entire point of entering government is to address the concerns you have. Also, I have a sneaking suspicion that most people voting for Obama did so for reason other than the (debunked) free phone you speak of.
Darla January 30, 2014 at 02:03 PM
To say that Obama did NOT make promises that should have NEVER been made, or that were out lies is a fool. People voted for him because of what they thought they were going to get, or because of what they thought they were going to lose. I lost count of how many females voted for him solely on the grounds that Roe V Wade would be overturned if Romny became President. (2nd term) Snopes is no more bi partisan or truthful than The Onion. Regardless, my huge issue is that he is overreaching his presidential powers with his flagrant use of EO's and flat out lying to the american people on a plethora of issues. From Benghazi to Syria, (where he arms rebel troops) to ACA, and the war in Afghanistan. I voted for him in his first election... for what I believed was his fiscal agenda. Since he took office, I literally have lost everything. So much for Hope and Change.
Chester January 30, 2014 at 02:09 PM
There is no turning back from the damage this idiot has created. Brenda and reasoned should not be named in the same sentence.
Darla January 30, 2014 at 02:11 PM
SPB, Of course a President should have an "agenda" Which should reflect the agenda of the majority of the American People, not his own personal agenda. He is ruling the country via EO's signed in the middle of the night with out any discussion on the Congress floor. This is not how we do business in this country. Why are liberals OK with this? and would you be still be as supportive with it if this were a republican president?
teri b January 30, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Oh, Darla, You really have been properly brainwashed by the hateful nonsense you imbibe. Below is a list of EOs by presidents - turns out President Obama has ordered fewer than most in the past several decades including, of course, Reagan. As for the other fake-stories you mention, don't you realize how badly misinformed you and your fellow travelers are? http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php When our President's policies result in a tiny fraction of the Americans and foreigners killed and maimed under W, it will be safe for your side to speak up without looking like the hypocrites that you are. Until then, know that the majority of voters, twice did the right thing by keeping the GOP out of the White House. You go ahead and blame them and call them names like moochers and takers - it's very patriotic of you! But, you will continue to lose national elections and deservedly so.
Mike Mueller January 30, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Off Topic...Patch just fired 400 employees - by voicemail! Is Patch going away?
Darla January 30, 2014 at 03:47 PM
Brainwashed is interesting, as I do not watch MM or Fax or CNN or any of the rest of them. I read. I read the new laws that are obscurely passed via Cornell University http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/, I just want to know what the law is, with out any spin. According to http://www.archives.gov Clinton has them all beat with a whopping 364 EO's. GW with 291, and more than a dozen of those were post 9-11, and at least a dozen or so were benign Succession EO's. I am not really sure what "fake stories" I put out there, I am a solitary thinker and form my opinion on the facts that I observe. And a little FYI According to the DOD 74 percent of all U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have taken place under Obama’s watch. My son served in Iraq under Bush and Afghanistan under Obama. I don't hate Obama because he is a Democrat, I hate him for what he is doing to our country. I would feel exactly the same if he were a republican and the circumstances were the same. I was not a big fan of W either... Neither the Republican Party nor the Democrats have what is in the best interest for the country at heart. And of course I did not call anyone anything. But you did...
Steve Newman January 30, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Mike- that is what is going around- AOL sold it to a turn around company and they do have a tendency to trim the meat, They fired Toni the editor her and Elsinore. The Patch is losing money- not a lot of advertising as you have not seen. It is too bad- but there is always facebook- which I would never use. Too many stalkers.
TVOR January 30, 2014 at 09:49 PM
I don't like Obama. I think he is a friggin idiot and that's not by comparison. He stands ss an idiot on his own merit (or lack thereof). The things he is doing to this country will take decades to fix if they can even be fixed. Unfortunately the republicans don't seem to have a clue either. I would rather see Ron Paul replace Obama than any of the main party contenders.
T120Dude January 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM
I feel as if we, the American people, cannot handle another Democrat President. I also think the Republicans need to get it together and somehow break the Tea Party off which is really dragging the entire GOP down. The Tea P scares away Americans who are members of minority populations who are otherwise conservative minded people that end up not voting or voting Democrat. In the end it's this hardcore partisanship turning people against each other that is steering America down not just any one party.This has nothing to do with the article really. But hey the cool part is than international political summits, though small, are happening here in the IE.
southernbelle January 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM
@MIke and Steve--darn, that's a bummer. Just when I was getting settled in and starting to have fun in what free, little "homebody" time I actually get. If they cut the forums just know I'll miss y'all, and had fun chatting it up.
Net January 31, 2014 at 01:08 AM
I'd like to see if our president bows down like he did before, to this King Abdullah of Jordan.
Jerry Simeon January 31, 2014 at 04:48 AM
Thank You Brenda and Teri-B !!! I have never realized what ignorance and hatred was and is continuing beyond the Civil War and the Civil Rights accompishments of the '60s and '70s until I moved to the IE. THESE are actually "the root of all evil" and the politics of the "antichrist"..... We desperately need our own Local TV station in the IE !! The rationale is obvious reading these Hater posts who have no respect or regard for anything beyond their own distended bellies and blind ambitions. The joke is that they believe they are actually part of the "United" states except with their own set of rules and agendas.... sick!!
ChrisG January 31, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Typical liberal hippo-crates. If Obama had a R after his name instead of a D their tune would be the opposite. He is a very poor leader by any measure. He refuses to work with the opposition party. He uses the senate to block legislation. Then blames the opposition for not governing. I don't know of another president that could not or would not work with the opposition. Clinton got a lot done when the republicans controlled both the house and senate. Bush got a lot done when the Dems controlled both chambers. Why can't Obama when the dems control the senate and presidency? Why couldn't Obama get a budget passed when the dems controlled the house, senate and presidency? Because he is not a good leader.
Steve Newman January 31, 2014 at 03:41 PM
ChrisG- you are absolutely correct. People call the Republicans the party of no- but that is not true. The republicn house introduced a bill toe take the pumping of water in the Jacquin valley back to before the fish became more important than people. And who came out against- Feinstein and Boxer- they want to introduce their own bill. But in the meantime- the people of central Cali suffer with the drought. But the 2 darlings don't care- they go theirs.
SPB February 01, 2014 at 11:12 AM
@Chris G The answer you are looking for lies in the incredibly gerrymandered districts that have become more and more common with each census. Most voting districts are now "safe" meaning that a single party controls the seat with very little chance of a party changeover. This was done with the intent of solidifying power, but its byproduct has been the death of bi-partisanship. I know you are going to howl, but this really is largely a republican issue. It has nothing to do with any particular Republican policy objective, but rather electoral logistics, as it is no longer necessary to compromise in order to keep your job in congress. In fact, the opposite has become true. The Tea-Party challenges to any Republican with centrist leanings is an example of this. From the representative's perspective, bipartisanship (especially for the GOP) becomes a liability. Just look at the electoral cannibalism that is currently consuming the Republican Party. Every candidate is trying in vain to 'out-conservative' the other, with every reach across the isle by a conservative being lambasted as traitorous. There is no democratic equivalent of the much-maligned RINO. The reason this hasn't happened so much to the democrats is because the majority of that party has moved to the right since Clinton (occupying the space once filled by moderate Republicans), with the fringe Left (now occupying the space as the mainstream left a generation ago) getting very little in the way of electoral or policy traction, so the party is far more unified. In turn, there isn't this tug of war for the soul or the party like you are seeing with the Republicans. To reverse course and make bi-partisanship real, the representatives in the Republican party are going to need a reason to trust that any compromise won't automatically trigger a primary contest against them, and that won't happen as long as voting districts are engineered for single party dominance. General elections need to matter again. Legislators are far more effective when they have to appeal to a wider number of Americans.
ChrisG February 01, 2014 at 11:28 AM
@spb, that doesn't explain why Obama is ineffective in his leadership. I agree this is not solely a democrat problem but the fact remains that the Senate and White House are unwilling to compromise with the republican controlled House. I believe your preposition of gerrymandering makes a lot of sense, particularly in states like NY and in CA. The real problem is a 96% reelection rate for incumbents. That existed long before CA redistricting. As long as elections can accept money from the special interests of corporations and unions we can expect this type of inadequate governance.
TVOR February 01, 2014 at 12:58 PM
The biggest problem with the last few presidents is they were simply not great men. They were mediocre and in Obummer's case, completely lacking the qualities we need in a president.
Carole Masson February 02, 2014 at 10:47 AM
TVOR the main quality lacking that I can think of is "Integrity"........

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