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Sunnylands: When does Obama land in Palm Springs?

June 6th, 2013 | by Kate McGinty | Comments
Air Force One is seen the last time it flew into Palm Springs — when President George W. Bush flew in April 22, 2006, for a speaking engagement. (File photo by Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun)

Air Force One is seen the last time it flew into Palm Springs — when then-President George W. Bush flew in April 22, 2006, for a speaking engagement. (File photo by Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun)

With only one day to go until the historic Sunnylands Summit in Rancho Mirage, Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to land in California on Thursday.

He will land at Ontario International Airport, where Marines from Twentynine Palms will greet him.

Details about his travel to the Coachella Valley have not been released, but don’t be surprised if you see traffic slow down on Interstate 10 sometime Thursday. (We’ll update here if we get more information.)

President Barack Obama will depart from North Carolina at 1:15 p.m. PT on Thursday on his way west.

He is scheduled to land at the Moffett Federal Airfield — the joint civil-military airport near San Jose — at 6 p.m. Thursday, according to his public schedule released by the White House.

He will then speak at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event at 7 p.m.

The White House does not traditionally release any public details about Obama’s schedule until the day of, so it has not confirmed any information publicly about the president’s itinerary for Friday and Saturday.

However, the Los Angeles Times reports that Obama is scheduled to land in L.A. about 10:30 a.m. Friday before departing again about 2 p.m.

Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, both told The Desert Sun that they plan to meet Obama upon his arrival at Palm Springs International Airport.

Obama is expected to stay overnight at Sunnylands before wrapping up the summit Saturday.

 

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