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Obama Leaving Southern California

 



RANCHO MIRAGE (CNS) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to leave the  Coachella Valley this afternoon, ending a four-day visit to the Sunnylands  estate in Rancho Mirage that included a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan  and two rounds of golf.

On Sunday, just as he had done Saturday, Obama golfed with friends Bobby  Titcomb, Greg Orem and Michael Ramos on the private course in Rancho Mirage  owned by Larry Ellison, the billionaire founder of the Oracle Corp. information  technology firm.

He also issued a statement condemning an effort to make recognition of  homosexuality a criminal offense in Uganda.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he will likely sign the bill,  which would punish ``the promotion or recognition'' of same-sex relations in  Uganda. Proposed penalties would include life in prison.

``As we have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation  will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda,'' Obama's statement said.

While at Sunnylands Saturday, Obama signed two bills. One suspends the  public debt limit until March 15, 2015; the other repeals a reduction of cost- of-living adjustments for pensions for current military members and retirees.

First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters were skiing in Colorado this weekend.

 

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