Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama started their desert vacation quietly on Saturday morning.
The Obamas flew from Andrews Air Force Base to Palm Springs after the inauguration of Donald Trump on Friday. They reached the Palm Springs area around 3:30 p.m., but arrived during a rare rainstorm, which forced their plane to circle and ultimately land at March Air Force Base near Riverside, about 50 miles west of Palm Springs.
The couple arrived in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, around 8 p.m. Friday, and their motorcade pulled into Thunderbird Heights, a hillside neighborhood they’ve visited many times.
A motorcade left Thunderbird Heights around 9 a.m. and returned around 10 a.m. Members of the public did not report seeing the former president out and about, so its destination was likely private.
The motorcade was much smaller than on past visits — just four vehicles — and they drove in traffic normally.