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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.



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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