President and Mrs. Obama are spending a three-day Father’s Day weekend at the Palm Springs, California vacation home of White House decorator Michael Smith and his partner, U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos, according to the Associated Press.
Smith is also a personal friend of the Obamas and is reportedly close to Mrs. Obama. He oversaw the redecorating of the Oval Office.
Smith and Costos were also major fundraisers for the president’s reelection campaign. Costos was subsequently appointed ambassador to Spain, where the couple live.
That the Obamas would stay at the home of a gay couple suggests the president has shed all political concerns about his relationship with the gay community. Obama publicly announced his support for gay marriage only two years ago, just as his reelection campaign was ramping up, and only after Vice President Biden announced his support first.
It’s unclear, however, if he would have spent a weekend at the home of a gay couple before being safely reelected.
Obama will start his mini-vacation with some work, however, flying out to Laguna Beach Saturday morning for a DNC fundraiser at a private residence. Afterwards he will deliver the commencement address at the University of California, Irvine before flying back to Palm Springs.
The Obamas will return to Washington Monday.