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Obama Set to Arrive in Riverside County Tonight

Air Force One sits at Palm Springs International Airport following the president's arrival in June 2013. Palm Desert Patch photo by Renee Schiavone.
Air Force One sits at Palm Springs International Airport following the president's arrival in June 2013. Palm Desert Patch photo by Renee Schiavone.

Even though both were in Washington, D.C., this week, President Barack Obama and King Abdullah II of Jordan will meet tonight at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, where they're slated to discuss Syria's civil war and efforts to forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Obama is due at Palm Springs International Airport around 6:30 p.m. from Fresno, where he is visiting a farm, participating in a discussion with farmers and others affected by the statewide drought, and speaking about how his administration will help, according to the White House. He is scheduled to meet with Abdullah at 7:50 p.m. and then have a working dinner.

The president started the day with a speech at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Md., and arrived in Fresno this afternoon.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to California that Sunnylands "provides a real intimate opportunity to discuss a lot of the issues they face both in that region and around the globe."

"The president really enjoys the opportunity to sort of have an informal, intimate discussion with a leader that he's so close with, King Abdullah, and out of the swirl of Washington," he said.

Regarding what Obama will do over the weekend, Schultz only said there was no public schedule and that the president "has enjoyed the golf course on Sunnylands before and I would not be surprised if he does that again this trip."

Obama is expected to stay at Sunnylands Saturday and Sunday before returning to Washington, D.C., on Monday.

The estate's recently refurbished nine-hole golf course has been played by presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to the elder George Bush.

Gov. Jerry Brown stopped by Sunnylands today and met with Abdullah to discuss "drought, the efficient use of water and renewable energy," according to the governor's office. Abdullah arrived in the Coachella Valley Thursday.

Abdullah spent the week in Washington, meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, members of Congress and leaders of Arab and Islamic groups. Biden and Abdullah discussed "how best to address the growing threat of violent extremism fueled by the Syrian conflict," according to the White House, while the king and Kerry discussed Syria and the Israeli- Palestinian peace process.

Syria and Middle East peace are also on the agenda for Obama's meeting with Abdullah tonight, along with "opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Jordan strategic partnership and how to advance our political, economic and security cooperation," according to the White House. Jordan is one of America's closest friends in the Arab world.

Schultz said the Obama administration is "committed to working with Jordan to support the more than 600,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan and Jordan host communities."

"We're working together with the UN to press for greater humanitarian access inside Syria, and the United States and Jordan both strongly support the Geneva II process and efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict," he said.

Rancho Mirage Mayor Richard Kite said the city "is honored that once again, the president of the United States has selected Rancho Mirage and the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands as the location for his meetings with a major foreign leader. On behalf of the community, we welcome the president, the international press, and other global leaders."

Kite greeted Abdullah Thursday and will welcome Obama today at the airport with other leaders.


– City News Service.

JJ Mclure February 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM
he knows the latinos don't like the cold weather so he panders to them
Jeff Kleiner February 16, 2014 at 01:00 PM
It's Kristen "Riddle" Cheney everybody!!! Now all with me...three more years, THREE MORE YEARS!!!! FRUSTRATED OLD WHITE, dying off by the thousands a day, Conservatives can only sit on their hands using their racist hatred.....but don't worry AMNESTY IS COMING.
Jeff Kleiner February 16, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Description of the Tea Party, which part are you? his tea party movement is one part Dick Armey and company fake astroturf protest, one part angry McCain and Palin soreloserman, one part abortion clinic protester, one part white nationalist militia movement/gun rights nuts, one part ClusterFox/Glenn Beck brain dead watcher, one part anti-immigration Lou Dobbs/Tom Tancredo fan, one part southern racist that isn't done fighting the Civil War yet and one part Ron Paul/Libertarian.
kristin c February 16, 2014 at 03:08 PM
You say everybody.. that would mean you have an audience.
Darla February 16, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Air Force One Crashes into the San Jacinto Mountains... Dare to Dream...
Steve Newman February 16, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Jeff Kleiner going to meet the Pres- don't think so short pant boy- you are on a watch list compliments of your NSA. And you don't have nearly enoigh money to buy your way into that cluster----/ BLAH BLAH BLAH
Allen G February 16, 2014 at 05:14 PM
I'd like his autograph. Even if it's signed by the autograph robot.
Jeff Kleiner February 16, 2014 at 06:32 PM
It seems that you read all my posts Cheney....ROFLMAO@Kristin Cheney.
Jeff Kleiner February 16, 2014 at 06:33 PM
Darla.....typical racist scumbag.
Steve Newman February 17, 2014 at 02:43 AM
Jeff- the only scumbag on here is you- And AlenG- he can't sign his autograph without a teleprompter. His broad pen- can not be a sword- only men with courage have swords- and that is not him- Mr Selfie.
SA February 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM
To all who think Obama accomplished anything …. He has only harmed us and uses his skin color as leverage … “White Devil” … He is a disgusting person… He needs to stop spending our tax money on his golf... BTW WHAT DROUGHT? … Respect the office however you don’t have to respect the man in the office.
kristin c February 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM
How again is it racist if someone doesn't support Barry ? Isn't he half white? So if you're black and hate obama, you hate the white part of him and if you're white you hate the black part of him... got it.
SA February 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Kristin C … It is not racist to disagree with “Berry” and/or do not support him… When asked if someone supports Berry, and the response to NO the reply is “well you must be racist” … The guy has used his skin and the fact that he is articulate to win the presidency… All of his racist rallies that he headed are not talked about because that would be racist … I honestly could care less what his skin color is … Crap every time I was in Turkey I was reminded not to mention that I am Armenian because there was fear that I would not make it back to my ship… racism exist and it is completely retarded.
kristin c February 17, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Sa I know all this.. just trying to figure out why Jeff thinks everyone who goes against the liar in chief is racist.
SA February 17, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Kristin … because calling someone a racist is equivalent to telling a man that he has a small penis … it stings as it is false …
Steve Newman February 17, 2014 at 02:37 PM
JJ- did you mean nose plugs, not noise plugs- but either can be used. and wold be appropriate considering who we are talking about.
Kevin Jon Sax February 17, 2014 at 08:46 PM
Making a rude remark about Obama would not be productive. But I will respectfully say that he does not represent my interests or my values. I'm ready for change in 2016.
Steve Newman February 18, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Kevin- hopefully it is not the pant suit queen. Notice how Obama has not played basketball for the media since he got busted in the mouth and it swelled up like aunt Jeimima's. Could not understand the ebonics coming out of his mouth.
MurrietaMom4 February 18, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Darla. What a horrible person you must be to actually wish that a beautiful symbol of the American presidency, and human life including pilots and staff and an American president would crash into the mountain? You're disgusting. And I don't give a damn if your a conservative or a liberal, black or white. Your just unkind and a disgusting excuse for an American as far as I'm concerned. I have respected and wished for the best for each and every President in office whether I agreed with him or not, I can dislike them but I never call my president names or degrade or belittle him. But I don't behave like that to anyone. I believe they all do the best they can and they are only human. If anyone thinks they can do a better job please run for office. There is so little kindness left in this world, so much disrespectful pissy people. With every excuse in the book as to why they are the way they are. Im living in the same world as you but I choose not to be a grumbling complainer like so many today. You can be fed up without being disrespectful and mean spirited. But that takes someone with integrity which we lack so much as well.
Darla February 18, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Obama has disrespected the office and every American in the land. He flagrantly disrespects human life, morality and dignity at every turn. He has no regard for our Veterans, our Constitution, The Bill of Rights, much less the Office that I voted for him to hold. While the loss of pilots on AFI would be tragic, as our own government would see it, it would just be loss chalked up to "collateral damage". You know, kinda like Benghazi, Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam, for the short list. I am one of the kindest people you will ever meet. I am the gal that will stop and push your car off the FWY in middle of traffic, buy your milk for your baby in the store when your short, pay for your moms prescriptions when she is trying to decide which one she can most do with out. I am the gal that you would hope to have for a neighbor when things go bad. Obama is no better than any other dictator who have met their unfortunate demise for the better of there nations. I am I fed u?, Are many fed up? Yes, and laying down and rolling over playing nice is not what it going to change it. It does no good to be disproving silently. Those who do not grumble or complain are the same people who "do nothing" to change the world or the communities in which we live. I do not chose to go blithely along with "the program." American Patriot, Lover of Freedom and Mother of 2 time War Vet~
Steve Newman February 18, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Darla- I knew it was a joke-some people just get their depends in a bind over nothing. As an aside- just noticed Michele O was selected 5 most popular first lady-the kicker- the first 4 are dead. Let's see what the Obummr lovers say about that.
Steve Newman February 18, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Darla- I knew it was a joke- sort of. Some people just get their depends in a bind over anything. Just saw where Michelle Obama was selected 5th most popular first lady- the catch- the first 4 are dead.
Darla February 18, 2014 at 06:44 PM
We know that AFI is not likely to crash, and that is unfortunate. Like the fall of many dictators, I would predict dancing in the streets. Unfortunately, there is a long chain of command. To put Michelle Obama in to the same category of Jackie O is a disgrace to the honor of former first ladies of the Office. Mrs. Kennedy changed the game when it came to "First Ladies." Michelle Obama? You can put lipstick on a pig...
Steve Newman February 18, 2014 at 07:43 PM
OINK
kristin c February 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM
I would dance in the streets and celebrate the pilot should he choose to sacrifice his life to save our country from the horrible dictator plague of a president by flying AF1 into a mountainside. Obama is doing the best he can.. to destroy America. He should be hung for treason. Crashing AF1 into a mountainside is too good for him.. he deserves a public hanging
Napa Mom March 02, 2014 at 01:39 AM
This man is the worst thing that ever happen to the USA... It's not about the color of his skin, but rather the color of his heart. Now THAT is black and empty. He is a loser on so many levels
beaumontdave March 02, 2014 at 02:31 AM
Wow. I guess the fringe has spoken. In many countries, wishing the death of the head of state would be a capital offense.
rubberband March 03, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Wow. just wow and WTH. Some of the posters here may notice their computers running a bit slower....wave "hi" to NSA, Ladies.
E solano April 13, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Napa Mom. exactly why you called him a Ghetto prez huh? Kill yourself
beaumontdave April 14, 2014 at 02:10 AM
Good Christian people spewing hate, WWJD.

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