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Air Force One Leaves Valley on President's Day

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Air Force One Leaves Valley on President's Day

By Gitzel Puente. CREATED Feb 17, 2014
PALM SPRINGS - President Barack Obama left the Valley Monday afternoon after his weekend stay at Sunnylands Estate in Rancho Mirage. 
 
Air Force One departed from Palm Springs International Airport at 2 p.m. but hours before the departure, dozens of people both residents and out-of-state visitors gathered behind the fence of the tarmac to try and catch a glimpse of the plane.
 
President Obama arrived on Friday evening and met with King Abdullah II of Jordan at Sunnylands. 
 
The two leaders talked mainly about Syria, a country amidst an armed civil war. Since the war started in 2011, about 600,000 Syrians have taken refuge in Jordan.
 
"We'll be working aggressively at the United National level and the regional level to try and provide basic humanitarian assistance and access to people who are suffering tremendously as a consequence of the war inside of Syria," said Obama.
 
He added that the U.S. will be backing up Jordan financially $1 billion in loans.
 
On Saturday, President Obama signed legistlation to increase the U.S. debt limit to allow the government to borrow money.
 
During his trip, he also enjoyed the outdoors at Sunnylands playing golf and watching his favorite TV shows. He did not make any public appearances during this stay.
 
This was the second time Obama was in the Valley in less than a year. Last October, he met with China's President Xi Jinping.