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Obamageddon: President's Visit Disrupts Palm Springs Design Event

Obamageddon Palm Springs - H 2014

Organizers of Modernism Week, the annual fest that kicks off Thursday, have been forced to cancel tours of Sunnylands, one of the event’s highlights.

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter Magazine.

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Modernism Week, the annual Palm Springs fest that begins Feb. 13 and draws aesthetes such as Moby and Jessica Pare, has hit a scheduling snag: The president is now set to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan on Feb. 14 at Rancho Mirage's Sunnylands -- the iconic former Annenberg residence turned retreat center. Obama's visit means many scheduled $60 tours of Sunnylands, one of the highlights of the design event, have been canceled.

Modernism Week chairman Chris Mobley tells THR he personally called 450 people to let them know of the cancelations: "Most were OK with it. They get to say, 'I got kicked out of Sunnylands because the president came to town.' "