Feb 17, 2014 10:55 AM
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama has visited a sprawling Southern California estate called Sunnylands twice in less than a year.
In doing so, he's helping to fulfill the dream of the property's owners, the late philanthropists Walter and Leonore Annenberg.
The Annenbergs hoped the desert property they used as a winter home would become the "Camp David of the West."
Obama has spent two long weekends at Sunnylands, meeting in June with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) and this past weekend with Jordan's King Abdullah (ab-DUHL'-uh) II.
By comparison, Obama visited the real Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland three times last year, and not yet this year.
Obama is the eighth American president to enjoy Sunnylands' 200 acres, including a nine-hole golf course where he pursues a favorite pastime.
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