Inside Sunnylands: Meeting site for Obam

June 10 [Mon], 2013, 21:03
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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.If you want privacy, following in the footsteps of Richard Nixon, the queen of England and Frank Sinatra is a good idea.

The Sunnylands estate, which is playing host to President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, has a rich history involving many other U.S. presidents and countless celebrity guests.

First completed in 1966, the 200-acre estate with its famously pink walls was used for decades by the Annenberg family. And from the very beginning, it was also a perfect getaway for the powerful political figures the Annenbergs counted among their friends.

, and he and his wife, Mamie, enjoyed fishing and golfing excursions on the premises. Sunnylands comes equipped with its own golf course and a fully stocked fishing pond.

The private and relaxed atmosphere seems to be ideal for Obama and Xi, allowing them to conduct business and get to know each other on a personal level, free from the world spotlight.

It sort of suits these two leaders and their personalities in important ways, Clayton Dube, director of the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California, told Yahoo News. They both have tried to distinguish themselves as can-do, get-it-done sorts of people less bound up with ceremony, less bound up with ritual.