Closures Ahead of President Obama's Riverside County Visit

The Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage will again play host to the president this week.
The Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage will again play host to the president this week.

 Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage will close to the public Monday in preparation for President Barack Obama's Friday summit with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The estate, built in the mid-1960s by the Annenbergs, has hosted presidents, foreign heads of state, Supreme Court justices and celebrities. Last June, Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for two days at the former Annenberg estate.

Tours will resume Feb. 18 for people who bought tickets offered during Modernism Week, and Sunnylands is working with Modernism Week to refund tickets purchased for tours scheduled during Obama's visit. Sunnylands Center & Gardens will reopen Feb. 20.

"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."

Obama and Abdullah, one of Washington's closest friends in the Arab World, will discuss "opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Jordan strategic partnership and how to advance our political, economic and security cooperation," according to the White House. They will also discuss Syria and efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

– City News Service.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Sundown......everything manufacturing is going offshore because US Corporations won't impact their profits and pay American workers what they are worth......its been happening over the last 15 years and has nothing to do with Obama. Republicans have started cutting the education system from the bottom up.......so Americans are not dominate anymore in engineering. The best talent is no longer here. Why pay an American worker $20 an hour plus $20 in benefits when you can pay $2 an hour for everything. Ask Mitt Romney where all his money is???? These are not Democratic ideas......they are Republican who continue to take money away from the middle class and give to the rich corporations. They keep saying cutting taxes for the rich, will create jobs. ONLY DEMAND creates jobs. Demand comes from people with excess money in their hands.....thats what creates jobs.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 03:33 PM
For the next 11 years Democrats will run the Oval office and NO CONSERVATIVE bills will pass, no matter who runs the houses of Congress......By that time, none of you will care any longer. Some will be gone and most too old to care....LOL.
Susan P February 11, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Jeff, it seems to me no one was worried about union pensions and wages, and mismanagement at G.M. BEFORE it had to be bailed out. I wouldn't say that saving what little is left of it, is a 'victory' as you say. It is only a shadow of itself now and still owes U.S. citizens. No one saved the horse and buggy companies when the car was being developed. It is a dinosaur, and should have been treated as all other failing U.S. car companies before it - let it go bankrupt, and then see if it survives..... You can do the math on how much it owes each of you.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Destroy those unions right Sundown? Unions vote democratic because democrats take care of the people. You're a fool if you think GM and Chrysler haven't made turnarounds that are still in progress. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/15/should-investors-buy-into-general-motors-turnaroun.aspx
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Lets look at something very personal to most of us...our 401K'S. Obama had added to most 401K's after the Bush conservative administration nearly destroyed them. The NYSE was Closed at 7949.09 on January 20, 2009. Right now it's 15,994.77. ALMOST DOUBLE......WHAT A GREAT PRESIDENT! The economy has added more jobs since Obama took office than it did in his predecessor’s entire eight years in office. Despite the improved economy, the number of people receiving food-stamp assistance has continued to grow, and now more people have been added to the food-stamp rolls under Obama than under any single previous president. Federal spending under Obama has grown faster than inflation, but far more slowly than it did under President Bush. Obama has ordered seven times more drone strikes than Bush in the covert conflicts in Pakistan and Yemen, according to independent estimates. Domestic oil production has soared; oil imports have dropped by one-third; new cars are getting 17 percent better mileage; and wind and solar power have increased 157 percent.
Susan P February 11, 2014 at 04:26 PM
I'm just saying, I was in the car business for years, and never expected a bailout, you brought up the bailout. I was honestly in awe of the beauty, history, art, landscape and rare artifacts at Sunnylands when I visited it the other week, but cars didn't have anything to do with it. It's nice to know that they too conserve water on their golf course, in the same manner as our own does. :)
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 04:28 PM
The Bush deprerssion almost killed our economy. Banks almost closed and had to be saved with two bailouts......now are growing more than ever. The poor and Middle class were hurt the worst. The could no longer shop. They had trouble keeping food on the table for their families. Thank GOD....we have a President who follows Christian principles and takes care of the poor. He now has been the first President to reform our Healthcare to take care of all despite the hatred and prejudice of OLD WHITE CONSERVATIVES who are full of hatred, prejudice and discrimination. Thank you President Obama for using your terrible swift sword to cut down conservatives. Watch today as John Boehner bows to the President and makes a clean debt ceiling raise......I am laughing at SA to think his beliefs and wishes will ever run this country again.
Griz Adams February 11, 2014 at 05:02 PM
After reading all of Kleiners posts, it is clear that my first post is accurate of him/her/whatever. And by the way, the stock market is at the level it is at by Barry and his ilk printing $85B and keeping it afloat. Pretty soon, the only thing a dollar bill will be good for is wiping your back side.
ATC February 11, 2014 at 05:15 PM
".. the number of people receiving food-stamp assistance has continued to grow, and now more people have been added to the food-stamp rolls under Obama than under any single previous president..." That says it all, Jeff; you look at MORE people needing government handouts as success (of course you do, because it means captive voters dependent on Liberals to keep supporting them). For the first time in our nation's history, there are more people receiving some sort of gov't assistance than not. Again, you look at that as success. I look at that as abject failure. ***** The reality is that Liberals such as yourself are always willing to spend someone else's money. What you refuse to acknowledge is that the government cannot give anyone a single dime that it hasn't taken away from someone else.
beaumontdave February 11, 2014 at 05:54 PM
All I hear is the same two sides with the same simple arguments for and against. The truth is how Obama is judged will take ten to twenty years as history does, and some will never agree with any consensus because it's not where truth lies, but what team they play for that matters to them. So continue debating Bush versus Obama and forget common ground, then somewhere down the road, wonder why it isn't any better, and the answer will still be the same, it's those other guy's fault. Sad.
Dog February 11, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Read a few of Kliners posts and I'd bet my bottom dollar the dudes a meth addict...
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Why in each of your posts Dog you rely on saying someone is on drugs or lives a gay lifestyle. What makes even funnier is your lack of reading people. I have NEVER in my life experimented or taken one illegal drug.......now what does that say about DOG??? ROFLMAO @ DOG
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 06:39 PM
ATC I watched this country needlessly give thousands of Americans and a trillion dollars to Iraq and today the Iraqi people could care less, they still hate America. A TRILLION DOLLARS!!!!!! What's giving food to people who can't care for themselves? If you don't they will find it somewhere to stay alive. Maybe your kitchen. I know for a fact you think lazy people are scamming the government for handouts, and there is some fraud and corruption but for the most part not. So ATC, where do you think all your money goes???????? You have no Fing idea.......just don't let it go to Hispanics, blacks and any minority RIGHT ATC. Do you know welfare is greater in Southern states where white conservative majorities live......in the gun and bible belt.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 06:42 PM
No grizzled adams, its not the reason. The stock market is built on the confidence of where the economy is going......as it grow from the conservative Bush depression.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 06:47 PM
You know all that matters???? Obama for three more years then eight years of Hilary.......ROFLMAO@ALL CONSERVATIVES
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Yes SA, the Muslims in Temecula are out to blow you up in your bathtub. Most if not all are the same as you......AMERICAN CITIZENS. Not to the crazies with guns like SA....He cowardly hides in his house waiting for them to come marching up his drive because they have such horrible criminal records...oh, they don't have any. SA....with each post you prove my point.
Jeff Kleiner February 11, 2014 at 06:57 PM
SA, how about those Germans and Japanese......must have killed members of every bodies families.
JJ Mclure February 11, 2014 at 07:44 PM
send him back to Kenya
Dog February 11, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Dude...if your not on drugs maybe u should be...u are one sick puppy that's for sure...all my years reading the Patch and you are the most hate driven idiot Ive ever seen posted...give my regards to Hinkley...
Griz Adams February 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM
@ Kleiner. Right, that's why the stock market takes a dive every time the Feds even whisper about lowering it. Can't wait to hear what you have to say in November when the Republicans take the Senate. I'm pretty sure you'll find a way to spin it.
Sbsp February 12, 2014 at 02:51 AM
Guess what....talking about it does nothing.
Sbsp February 12, 2014 at 02:53 AM
Lets all chat to argue and push our opinions on eachother. Brilliant.
Susan P February 12, 2014 at 06:44 AM
This is about road closures and Sunnylands, and I see that no one here is trying to talk about either. Perhaps, it's best to remember that Mr. & Mrs. Annenberg were diplomats and to remember how to act as a 'guest' when visiting a piece of history. The Annenbergs were BIG on protocol, and it's not something we find on the internet, because unless you know someone personally - you don't know them, or how much little pieces of history mean to them. This is one of my top 2 favorite historical HOMES that I've seen - and I've seen probably MANY historical buildings in my travels. This is a 'warm' home, full of both grace and humor. It is a showplace displaying the world history of OUR times. If you have any interest at all, I would recommend visiting. I know that many of us, wouldn't know which fork to use at the dinner table, but let's try to imagine being there. You would arrive Thursday for the weekend. The butler would meet you out front, and arrange to clean your car, fill it with gas and store it, in other words, it would be ready when you were to leave. Once you were settled in your room, you would find Cliff Notes, or short biographies of every other GUEST in the HOME for the weekend. These were painstakingly written by Mrs. Annenberg, and you would be expected to study them, in order to ascertain who everyone else was that you would meet with that weekend, and to do away with small, unimportant chatter - in order to have a civilized PRODUCTIVE conversation. A lost art, yes? But one that The Annenbergs expected of their guests - for they were both diplomats for both Republican and Democratic Presidents. If you were a 'guest' a you would be expected to mix and mingle with ALL members of society from all countries. The Annenbergs played golf everyday AND they entertained guests three out of four weekends during the season. The balance of the week, Mrs. Annenberg spent PREPARING for your visit, in other words she didn't want you to be disappointed with anything during your stay, and despite the wealth, this home is full of comfortable furniture in a most relaxed atmosphere. However, among the antiquities, gifts from dignitaries & movie stars and other creature comforts, HUMOR. For on your bed, you might find a small hand quilted with the following words. "You ARE leaving Sunday, aren't you? :D
kristin c February 12, 2014 at 09:36 AM
If you like obama you can keep him.
ATC February 12, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Nice try, Jeff. but way off base and completely wrong. I have no problem giving food to people who can't feed themselves; what I have a problem with is giving food to people who WON'T feed themselves. And BTW, my wife is Hispanic, so you're way off base there as well. As I said, you define success by how many people you are helping while I define success by how many people no longer need help. Give a man a fish... Basic, fundamental difference in philosophy that you will never grasp. Rant on.
kristin c February 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Sundown, thank you for the walkthrough. It truly sounds like a wonderful place to stay. I wonder if Mrs Annenberg knows rightly what to say to satan when he stays there.
teri b February 12, 2014 at 06:06 PM
@Patrick For you to pick my comment out from this lot as stupid and venomous really must mean that you're one of these old, white, racist, Talibani-christians. Thanks very much for the confirmation. You fit right in with most folks on this comments section.
Allen G February 13, 2014 at 03:21 AM
here ye here ye make way for the king. kneel down slaves and clear your roads. your lives mean nothing to your king.
SA February 14, 2014 at 04:26 PM
Kleiner must have been spawned by an Amoebas … MOST Muslims are radical that is their way, just like Obama is radical … BTW you mentioned Germans and Japanese however you forgot about the Muslims i.e. Armenian Genocide
Susan P February 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM
You are welcome, Kristin. Very often these historical homes are display pieces - more like museums than homes and tour guides don't tell you HOW their owners lived. They seem off-limits, but Sunnylands didn't seem that way to me. There are some very funny posters here. :D


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