President Obama’s trip to California today is expected to launch a three-day weekend of golf, getting in some undoubtably badly needed R&R just a month after completing a two-week golf vacation to Hawaii.
Obama gets in a day of work today first. He’ll visit Fresno to discuss federal aid for drought-stricken farmers. Of course, he’ll link it all to global warming.
He’ll be touting a new $1 billion “climate change resilience fund” to help communities deal with bad weather caused by global warming. Congress, which still has the power of the purse, even during the Obama presidency, would need to approve it.
In the evening, he’ll head to the the Annenberg Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California, where he’ll meet with King Abdullah of Jordan. They’ll discuss Syria and other issues. No word if Obama will suggest that global warming is behind the Syria crisis as well.
Weirdly enough, Abdullah has been in Washington this week, but he’ll fly out to California to hook up with the president, who also has been in Washington this week.
Which gets us to golf, which Obama will be indulging in aplenty at the Annenberg estate’s nine-hole course after he gets rid of Abdullah this evening. Last June he pulled the same stunt, meeting with Chinese President Xi and there and then hitting the links.
One of course is left wondering what the real reason is for the taxpayer-funded California trip. While I wouldn’t have put it past Obama to arrange to meet Abdullah in California so he could gain access to a golf course, there’s no denying that a trip to California to talk about farmers’ dire conditions there is a worthwhile presidential excursion.