So after the fanfare of the presidential inauguration and official send off, what is a newly-retired former public servant and his family to do? In the Obama’s case, escape! That is, of course, more in the figurative sense rather than literal.
The former first family boarded Executive One and made a beeline for Palm Springs, the erstwhile retreat for presidents past, and present. Their flight to freedom from the bonds of the Executive Office was briefly extended due to a diversion by severe weather but they touched down safely at March Air Reserve Base, some 50 miles distant from their intended destination on Friday. Once on the ground the Obama’s headed off to their retreat in the desert oasis of Palm Springs.
However, unlike past presidents who have chosen to temporarily vacation at Sunnylands, the former estate of the Annenberg family, the recent retiree and his family opted to stay at the mansion of his former Ambassador to Spain, James Costos.
This is not the first time Obama has graced the Costos residence so it is not without precedent. It does, though, fuel some speculation as to what Obama’s intentions are with regard to the area.
Rumors have flown for some time now about the possibility of a Palm Springs address for the not-so-reclusive Obama’s but, to date, those are simply rumors. It is clear however that the famous vacationers fancy the area as this is at least their 4th trip to the Costos house.
That said, even an avid golfer can only shoot so many rounds of golf before succumbing to ennui. And although the shopping in the area is no doubt first rate, how many Gucci bags can one buy before the eye begins to wander to the higher priced items in the area…such as real estate in the toniest of neighborhoods? It seems only time will tell.