Gee, thanks Xi.
(It’s pronounced ZHEE, like in the J in Jacques Cousteau.).
President Obama will travel late next week to San Jose, California, and Los Angeles for Democratic fundraisers.
Yes, it’s true, he’s already doing two fundraisers twice a week, and the midterm elections are a good 18 months away. It’s good there aren’t any problems with the economy and that Al Qaeda has agreed to a ceasefire.
But guess who’s showing up Friday in Los Angeles to make this an “official” trip? It’s President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China! As you probably know, adding such an “official” event to political travel helps presidents bill taxpayers for their trips instead of political parties.
Well thank you comrade!
The two presidents will be meeting in Palm Springs at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate.
Well, reporters seemed a little suspicious at Wednesday’s White House briefing, wondering about the highly unusual step of not having the newly installed president of China over to the White House.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was ready with the answer:
“California is closer to Asia.”
Yeah, that’s what he said.
Because as everyone knows, when Chinese leaders come to the United States, they generally fly into Los Angeles and then travel by boat to Washington, floating down the West Coast and then through the Panama Canal before steaming into the Caribbean and then up the East Coast.
It can take weeks, so Obama has kindly decided to meet the Chinese president half way. Obama will then remain overnight Friday in Palm Springs which, if I’m not mistaken, will force him to play around of golf in the California sunshine.
You Xi what’s going on here?