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Snow shuts down Washington as president prepares to head west

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It's a snow day in the nation's capitol. The government's shut down and so are schools. Roads are buried in about a foot of the white stuff. But at least one Washingtonian is headed for sunshine. And no, it's not me.

The President was already planning a trip to California — Fresno, to be exact — on Friday, to talk about the drought. And then he'll head to the desert to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan — not the desert of the Middle East, but the desert of the Coachella Valley.

The King didn't get a state dinner while in D.C. this week, as did the president of France. But the King will get to meet with the president in the 90-degree sunshine of Rancho Mirage, at Sunnylands, the same estate where Mr. Obama met last year with the president of China.

The president will then stay through the holiday weekend for some golf.

Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats are stuck at their snowy retreat on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The bad weather scratched Thursday's lunch speaker: Vice President Joe Biden couldn't make it over the Chesapeake Bay from D.C. President Obama is scheduled to speak to House Democrats on Friday morning before boarding Air Force One for the Golden State.


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