Here's the First Place Barack Obama Is Going After Leaving the White House

Here's the First Place Barack Obama Is Going After Leaving the White House

It's not Disneyland.

By Alesandra Dubin

President Obama has said plainly that his first order of business after leaving office would be to “take my wife on a nice vacation — and she has said it better be nice.” He's also widely rumored to have scooped up some real estate in the Southern California desert. So put those clues together and you have his post-White House plans: Obama is Palm Springs bound.

The White House has confirmed that the exiting first family will fly to Palm Springs on Friday after the inauguration. In accordance with tradition, the outgoing president is invited to take a last trip on the presidential aircraft, which won't be called Air Force One when he's aboard after he's vacated the office.

Obama will leave the Capitol by way of the presidential helicopter — again, only known as Marine One when carrying the officeholder — and then jet across the country for warmer climes...

But not that much warmer. The Palm Springs region is experiencing temps below normal (while Washington has been unseasonably warm), and rain's on the way.

The president has traveled many times to the Palm Springs area, both for official business — hosting events at the Sunnylands retreat in nearby Rancho Mirage with various heads of state — and also for leisure. He's an avid golfer, and now he'll certainly have more time to enjoy the sport in a destination known for its courses... and also for its slower pace of life.

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