Flight carrying former President Obama to Palm Spring diverted due to weather

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The diversion was a disappointment to several dozen supporters , who gathered along streets near the airport to catch a glimpse of Obama’s arrival. Rain is expected throughout the weekend with 1.83 inches total expected in Palm Springs, officials said. The Coachella Valley, which spans several cities, including Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Indio , has become a mainstay for past presidents. Starting with Herbert Hoover, every president except Franklin Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter has visited the area either while in office or shortly after leaving it. In 2013, Obama hosted China President Xi Jinping for a bilateral meeting at Sunnylands. A year later he used Sunnylands as the backdrop for a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan, an important Middle Eastern ally. “We’re grateful and just flat-out flattered that President Obama has chosen to spend time in the area,” said Rancho Mirage Mayor Ted Weill.

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