In what will be his second visit to the area in less than a year, President Obama is scheduled to meet with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan on February 14 at the historic Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage. According to a White House statement, "the President looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Jordan strategic partnership and how to advance our political, economic, and security cooperation. The two leaders will also continue consultations on regional developments, including Middle East peace and Syria."
"Camp David" of the West Coast
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."
Will the First Lady come too?
Although the First Lady was not able to join the President at Sunnylands in June, it has not yet been announced whether Michelle Obama will accompany her husband on the trip. Given that it coincides with Valentine's Day, the President's 2012 advice to "not forget" and "go big" for the holiday (see article video), and the beautiful Coachella Valley weather at this time of year, many think it is likely that she will. Although specific plans are typically not announced in advance due to security reasons, many local businesses are hoping that the couple, and perhaps even their two daughters, will plan to stay the weekend.
Note: Sunnylands will be closed for tours, previously announced special activities and events, and all public access from Monday, February 10 through Monday, February 17. This includes five days of tours at Sunnylands which had been booked by 200-300 Palm Springs Modernism Week ticket holders.