It Was Obvious When You Think About It


From Palm Springs Life:

Rancho Mirage May Become Home to President Obama

Reports say Thunderbird Heights house is about to close escrow

The Palm Springs area may once again become the home of a U.S. president.

Reports from several media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, have indicated President Barack Obama will soon close on a Rancho Mirage house in the exclusive Thunderbird Heights community.

Obama has been to the Palm Springs area three times in the past year, including two visits to Sunnylands. Their most recent stay was in Thunderbird Heights over Father’s Day weekend when the President played golf.


The house was listed in the magazine at $4.5 million and reports say the president will pay $4.25 million.

Thunderbird Heights is where Hollywood icons Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra once owned homes.

The house is part of a 3.29-acre estate. The 6,100 square foot main home has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths, and there is an additional 2,000 square foot casita with three bedrooms, three baths.

It was obvious when you think about it. Barry and Mo weren’t going back to Chicago. They don’t even go back to visit that dreary place. Hawaii might be a nice place to visit, but it is too isolated.

Palm Springs has three of Barry’s four favorite things: golf courses, rich people and celebrities. He’ll have to get used to doing without adoring crowds after he leaves the White House, but that would be true no matter where he moves. Besides, he doesn’t really like mingling with the hoi polloi, he just likes hearing them chant his name.

In Palm Springs Barry can golf every single day. It’s close enough to Lost Angeles that his Hollywood pals can come visit, and if the stores in Palm Springs don’t have what Michelle wants she can pop over to Rodeo Drive for a little shopping spree.

I’m sure that Barry’s Greenie followers will be impressed with his new estate in a man-made oasis located in the middle of a desert.

The best part will be the little cottage out back where they can keep Michelle’s mom! The price seems kinda low, though. $4.25 million in California is practically a fixer-upper.

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97 Responses to It Was Obvious When You Think About It

  1. The Klown says:

    It may seem weird but this news actually cheers me up. It’s like seeing light at the end of the tunnel. The post-Obama era is actually in sight!

    • Lulu says:

      Our long national nightmare is almost over! And the little guest house in the back 40 is for Bronco not grandma. He can hole up out there and be zonked as often as he wants and Michelle won’t have to look at him. That is going to seem like a teeny-tiny dump after the White House. Not enough staff, surly Secret Service, all of them living cheek to jowl in 6,100 square. And yes that is a very low price for an “estate” in Palm Springs. And only 3 and a quarter acres. There must be something wrong with the house. Maybe it has black mold or a busted foundation. Or they are running another “Hyde Park House” scam and someone else is paying for most of it as a kickback.

      • elliesmom says:

        I think when they leave the White House, the girls will be sent away to school. The older one will be college age or almost. There won’t be any need for Grandma to live with them, They’ll find her a nice retirement place. This makes much more sense than Hawaii. Closer to the right set of celebrities. While this place isn’t huge, with the MIL and the girls gone, there’s enough room for each of them to have their own private areas. Without the taxpayers picking up the tab, I don’t think the Obamas will be throwing galas. I think they will expect to be celebrated guests, not hosts.

        • Lulu says:

          Very true. That house is a “weekend” or chillout house for the very wealthy. It is not a full time residence for the “fabolus”. I don’t think they will live together (any of them) after the WH. I still think something must be structurally wrong with the house for it to be so cheap. They have two years to fix it and remodel.

          • elliesmom says:

            Elliesdad just suggested they’ll make Mrs. Robinson the housekeeper at their Chicago home when they don’t need her as nanny anymore.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Bingo! It’s their new “winter house”. The Springs, as they call it, has been a Chicago winter playground for more than six decades. They’ll be among like-minded donors.

        • The Klown says:

          I was joking about MO’s mom, that cottage in the rear will be for servants/Secret Service

          • elliesmom says:

            There probably is a maid’s quarters already. It wouldn’t show up in a video like that. If there aren’t enough servants’ quarters already, they’ll build the Secret Service a cottage – probably on the taxpayers’ dime.

          • The Klown says:

            Watch them make the Secret Service pay rent for the cottage.

          • 49erDweet says:

            SS never stay “on site”. They need a place to unwind, cause they do a lot of loud, liquid unwinding, They will probably buy a four bedroom regular home, most likely in lower Palm Desert or maybe Indian Wells (but not Cathedral City – the El Nido of the desert) because of the price differential, and use it as a floating dorm/hq for their reduced-size retirement detail. Until retirement they will rent rooms from one of the three thousand hotels in the area for the occasional visits. IMO

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      • Constance says:

        I wonder if Michelle can cook. The kitchen looks like it’s made for the home owner not for staff. Maybe there is a second more separate and more industrial looking kitchen on site for the help to work in.

  2. fif says:

    When I saw that headline a couple of days ago my only surprise was that he didn’t choose Beverly Hills – but you’re right, this is better because he has easier golf access. Now he can revel in his narcissism 24/7 without pretending to work.

  3. DandyTIger says:

    It’s sort of like seeing Imelda Marcos retire and settle into some grand estate, next to a shoe museum. At least she was out of the way sucking up less money from the Philippine people. Rumor has it she declined to purchase the Empire State building because it was too ostentatious. Similarly, this is probably a better choice for the Obamas. Luckily I don’t watch celebrity pro-am golf tournaments, so I won’t have to stop watching them in a couple of years.

  4. piper says:

    Where will the dogs live?

    • Lulu says:

      Probably with the Secret Service in their little “hut”. I wonder if most of the nearby houses will go up for sale in the next few days to try to beat the official announcement and to avoid looking like white flight racists. “But the house was already up for sale before we knew. We have been planning on downsizing for years. Yeah. And going to Florida. Yeah. We really have!”

      • 49erDweet says:

        Probably half the home owners in “Blunderbird Heights” are former Chicagoans. 90% are part-time residents. They’ll be thrilled. It’s a gated area, so no extra looky-loo traffic problem. The worst knock will be undercover cars recklessly racing up and down the roads during SS shift changes. That will be a problem

    • elliesmom says:

      They’ll auction them off when they don’t need them for photo ops.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Lunch 😆

  5. lyn says:

    Golf and speeches will be Obama’s legacy. He also will be the worst retired president ever.

    • Lulu says:

      I bet he gets a talk show on PBS. “Bullshit with Barry” would be a good concept.

    • piper says:

      I doubt many people will want to hear him pontificating about himself and his genius while knocking Boosh and the evil Republicants who stopped him from achieving his greatness and taking his rightful place on Mt. Rushmore.

      • elliesmom says:

        I think he might be surprised how fickle Hollywood and the music industry are when he’s not in a position of power anymore. I imagine Bill Clinton is a lot of fun at a party, but even with Hillary still in presidential politics, they aren’t sought after by the people the Obamas seem to want to court. Political players, yes, but Hollywood celebrities not so much. Obama doesn’t throw parties for the honchos at the think tanks.

        • The Klown says:

          It’s one thing to get invited to a party at the White House. It’s another thing to get invited to a party at a mansion smaller than your own.

  6. The Klown says:
    • swanspirit says:

      He didn’t and doesn’t care about hundreds of thousands of innocents killed in Syria ; what made people think he was really going to be upset about a couple of hundred Europeans shot down in a commercial plane? pffft Does the bear worry abut killing a few bees and getting sung a few times when he is after the honeycomb?

  7. The Klown says:

    I bet they stop throwing big parties once he leaves the White House – no way they are paying for that shit out of their own pockets!

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  10. The Klown says:

    The Curious thing about the Scratched Hard Drive:

    • Lulu says:

      When I heard “scratched hard drive” all I could think of is Lerner yanking the case off, pulling out the drive, and clawing at it when she realized how deep the shit she was in. Everyone with a brain knows that you don’t write stuff like that down. Not in your own handwriting nor a directly traceable source like a phone or pc or even a typewriter. I find it hard to believe she is a lawyer or a civil servant. She is a moron. And a fascist. And so are the freaks who co-conspired with her and then tried to cover it up.

  11. The Klown says:
    • John Denney says:

      Wife says there’s not a lot of difference between the two. 🙂

    • threewickets says:

      Wonder what happened to all those GObama vibrators they were marketing during the ’08 primaries. Bet most have gone to the recycling bin.

      • The Klown says:

        Will the Hillary nutcrackers make a reappearance?

        • threewickets says:

          Maybe on eBay. Lot of Obots out of work…only crappy part time jobs out there. Their messiah didn’t deliver. But it’s a spectacular time to be Wall Street rich in America.

        • Erin says:

          They have never gone away. I have seen them in airport gift shops for the past eight years.

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  13. foxyladi14 says:

    Which one is the bobble head? 😆

  14. John Denney says:

    California continues its decline.

  15. insanelysane says:

    Can the dignity of the office be dragged any lower ?

    • swanspirit says:

      Please don’t ask that , Obama usually manages to outdo himself on a regular basis . And Bill Clinton managed to drag that dignity pretty low too . 😯

  16. Constance says:

    It seems like all those big windows and surrounding hills would make the Obama’s new house hard to defend.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Reminded me of the terrain in Afghanistan where Bergdahl was released.

    • 49erDweet says:

      It’s actually easy to do. I helped do it for several presidential visits in that area. The area behind (uphill from them) is legally a “closed area” to protect the range of the Desert Bighorn Sheep, There’ll be no hikers, bikers, off-roaders, hunters, anyone without stringent permission. Been that way for well over half a century.
      They’ll install a network of buried sensors in a bunch of critical areas and establish an observation/sniper post that will overlook the protected area. They’ll know about any human presence in the uninhabited area a half hour before an intruder could get in sight of the house. They’ll pay for added security coverage for the gated community – more cars, equipment and manpower – and most folks won’t even notice that part of it,

  17. The Klown says:


    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was stopped for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla last week, and she responded with a nod to her NASCAR fans.

    The lead-footed politician was clocked going 63 mph in a 45 mph zone in a Toyota Tundra pick-up truck, and channeling her inner-Nascar, told TMZ: ”I wasn’t speeding, I was qualifying.”

    H8ers gotta h8 – click the link to see unfunny tweets

  18. The Klown says:

    Vlad is laughing his ass off.

  19. The Klown says:

    Minimum lot size is 1 acre – single family housing only. No stores or offices.

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  22. DandyTIger says:

    Not that it’s hard, but:

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  25. The Klown says:

    Andrea Tantaros: I want Obama off the world stage:

  26. foxyladi14 says:

    A lot of us do too. 😆

  27. threewickets says:

    Looks like Falling Water, the Frank Lloyd House in Chicago.

    • threewickets says:

      Falling Water in the Coachella desert with all those Green hipsters. Cognitive dissonance.

    • elliesmom says:

      Isn’t Falling Water falling apart? Wright never should have dropped out of engineering school.

      • SHV says:

        Lots of Wright homes in the Chicago area but Fallingwater is in Mill Run, PA, FWIW.

        • elliesmom says:

          Earlier Lulu suggested there must be something wrong with the house the Obamas are buying because the price seems low. When I was in engineering school, Frank Lloyd Wright was used as an example of someone who emphasized form over function. While his homes are absolutely beautiful, by the 1970’s when I was in engineering school, many of them had begun to show severe deterioration due to structural defects. Falling Water’s cantilever system had started to fail. There was a house in California that’s built on a cliff that had started to slide down the hill. It was almost sacrilegious to criticize Wright at the time, but one of my professors had a field day with his work. Held him up as an example of why we needed to finish school.

          • 49erDweet says:

            I lived in that area about 10 years. In that time Crosby, Hope, Sinatra and a bunch of others changed homes at least twice and some four or five times. Part of it was newer developers comped then nicer, newer property, but part of it was their very expensive existing flashy homes were falling apart all around them.

          • Lulu says:

            Lemon house for cheap! So they are just paying for the 3.5 acres with a deteriorating house? Tear down or patch job? I vote patch job and then they move on when they get stuck with never ending bills to fix stuff in a house built in a very harsh climate with the wrong materials.

        • threewickets says:

          Wow thx, had no idea. And I went to junior high half hour from there.

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