Saturday, June 14, 2014

Obama to Deliver UC Irvine Grad Speech --- President will also meet with fundraisers in Orange County, visit Palm Springs area while in SoCal. -- President Barack Obama is returning to Southern California for four days to meet with fundraisers and deliver the commencement speech at University of California, Irvine. --- The president accepted the school's invite after students, faculty and athletes sent signatures, postcards, and a student-made video featuring the university’s 7-foot-6 basketball team center to the White House. -- The Saturday ceremony coincides with the 50th anniversary of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson’s dedication of the land that university is built on, but will take place at nearby Angel Stadium of Anaheim. --- The president and First Lady Michelle Obama begin their time in California with a brief stay in the Palm Springs area - the president's third time in a year. -- The White House has not confirmed where the Obamas will stay during their visit, but the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, where he hosted a summit with King Abdullah II of Jordan in February, is a possibility. --- Saturday morning, Obama will travel to Orange County, where he will be at a Laguna Beach roundtable with 25 fundraisers who each donated up to $32,240 to the Democratic National Committee, before delivering the commencement address. -- City News Service contributed to this report - .


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