RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Barack Obama is scheduled to end his Southern California visit Monday and return 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, was scheduled to leave from Palm Springs Airport on Air Force One at 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 a commencement
address at UC Irvine's graduation ceremony at Angel Stadium. The president
returned to the Coachella Valley 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, which is located on 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.
Obama was not with his wife on those trips.