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RivCo Presidential Visit Ends As Obama Family Departs for Washington

The Obamas spent the weekend in Rancho Mirage before heading out of Palm Springs International Airport on Monday.

Air Force One at Palm Springs International Airport in 2013.  Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
Air Force One at Palm Springs International Airport in 2013. Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.

President Barack Obama ended his Southern California visit Monday and headed back to Washington, D.C.

The president, who was accompanied to the Coachella Valley by first lady Michelle Obama and one of their two daughters, Malia, left Palm Springs International Airport on Air Force One around 10 a.m.

The president's visit began Friday night and featured a trip to Orange County to attend a fundraiser in Laguna Beach and deliver the commencement address at UC Irvine's graduation ceremony at Angel Stadium. The president returned to the Coachella Valley on Saturday afternoon.

The Obamas spent the weekend in Rancho Mirage at the hillside residence of White House decorator Michael Smith and his partner James Costos in the gated community of Thunderbird Heights.

Obama received briefings from National Security Adviser Susan Rice on the deteriorating situation in Iraq over the weekend and also indulged in one of his favorite pastimes. He played golf at the Sunnylands estate Saturday and, on Sunday, at Porcupine Creek, an estate owned by billionaire Oracle software company founder Larry Ellison.

This was the president's third trip to the region in the past year. Last June, Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands and, in February, had talks there with King Abdullah II of Jordan. Michelle Obama wasn't on those trips.


– City News Service.


SA June 16, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Good bye President Asshat, and thank you for soiling “The Big A” and causing undue traffic for your inflated head!
KMA June 16, 2014 at 06:03 PM
SA- wait till they move here to live. But at least it will be in Rancho Mirage.
KMA June 17, 2014 at 01:09 AM
Where is Jeff defending his messiah?
SA June 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM
So he can live with is dictator buddy… The residents should act on it like a sex offender living there as there is no difference between Obama and a sex offender i.e. all have been royally screwed …
KMA June 17, 2014 at 04:56 PM
SA- he did stay with the White House decorator and his partner, the Ambassador to Spain. What a party that must have been.

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