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Obama's first stop after Trump's inauguration: Palm Springs

 (Jeffrey Arguedas / European Pressphoto Agency)
(Jeffrey Arguedas / European Pressphoto Agency)

President Obama’s first destination as a former president will be one that has become a favorite of the first family: Southern California.

The Obamas will travel to Palm Springs on Friday following the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, the White House confirmed Tuesday. As is custom, the outgoing president is afforded one final trip aboard the presidential aircraft, called Air Force One when the officeholder is aboard.

After Trump's swearing-in, Obama will depart from the Capitol aboard the presidential helicopter, known as Marine One when carrying the chief executive, en route to Joint Base Andrews, where he will make remarks to staff before heading across the country.

The White House did not offer additional details about the Obamas' plans once they arrive. For months, Obama was circumspect about his first destination as an ex-president, saying only that he intended to travel someplace warm.

The president has made multiple trips to the area before, both for official business and leisure time – and yes, it has included golf.

He hosted several international summits at the Sunnylands retreat in nearby Rancho Mirage, including one with President Xi Jinping of China in 2013, another with King Abdullah of Jordan in 2014 and one in February with leaders of Southeast Asian nations.

Obama will probably be an active ex-president and ultimately will return to Washington, where his younger daughter Sasha is finishing high school. But his first priority after leaving office: rest and relaxation.

“Here's one thing: I'm not setting my alarm,” Obama told “60 Minutes” in an interview that aired Sunday. “I'm going to spend time with Michelle. And, you know, we got some catching up to do. We've both been busy.”

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