Meanwhile In Palm Springs...

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On the day in which the Ukraine civil war claims the most casualties yet, and when an Al Qaeda spin off, too extreme even for its "conservative" roots is preparing to unleash a caliphate smack in the middle of Syria and Iraq forcing the Pentagon to admit it has dispatched an aircraft carrier in advance of further escalations, it is only logical that the U.S. president, in sequence of events, is...



According to Nexis public records, the 11,000-square-foot hilltop home sits on 8 acres and is under Costos' name. The couple now call Madrid their home base, though Smith's interior design business is based out of Los Angeles.


The estate, named Ichpa Mayapan — the Mayan term for "exclusive estate" — was designed in 1970 by modernist and local architect Howard Lapham, who also is responsible for many other homes in the Thunderbird Heights area. The Mayan-themed house, at one time known as the Cook House, was originally built for socialite-sp­ortswoman Maxine Cook and formerly owned by Stan Jolley, a TV producer-director and one of the original Disneyland designers.


The estate is one of Lapham's largest residential projects boasting three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, an eight-car garage, tennis court, helipad, mini horse corral, clubhouse, game room and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest house.


Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Costos was the vice president for Home Box Office responsible for HBO's global licensing, retail and marketing division created to expand the company's domestic and international interests. Costos also held fashion and retail executive positions in New York, including vice president titles at Tod's and Hermès.


Costos' diplomatic appointment came in the wake of significant financial support for Obama's re-election. Around the same time, Obama also appointed John Emerson, former president of Capital Group Private Client Services and chairman of Music Center of Los Angeles, as ambassador to Germany; and Rufus Gifford, former producer and California fundraising consultant and financial director of the president's re-election campaign, as ambassador to Denmark. The appointments were widely cited as reminiscent of former president Ronald Reagan's tradition of appointing big donors to foreign posts.


Costos and Smith are credited with raising at least $500,000 for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. In June 2011, the couple hosted the first lady at their Los Angeles home for a fundraiser that would lend a hand to the campaign. Prior to the fundraiser in 2009, Michelle Obama selected Smith to redecorate the residential quarters of the White House. He would be asked to redecorate the Oval Office the following year.

Behold Ichpa Mayapan:

Aerial view:


Some have speculated that the Obamas will pay a social call to the couple at their home in the Thunderbird Heights neighborhood in Rancho Mirage. Others are speculating that the Obamas may be looking to purchase a home in the area, possibly the Costos-Smith home, although real estate sources have said the residence is not for sale.

In brief: the world may be burning, so the Obamas go house hunting. Who says the second housing bubble has burst?

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Sat, 06/14/2014 - 18:34 | 4857425 IndicaTive
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Useless idiot.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 18:44 | 4857440 mjcOH1
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Are there no golf courses in the Kenyan's beloved adopted city of Chicago where they could encamp at taxpayer expense?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:09 | 4857486 y3maxx
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...Raised $500 K for 2012 re election....Return flight costs...Washington/Palm Springs...$10 million charged to Tax payers.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:11 | 4857490 kaiserhoff
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On the bright side,

  they had to use the service entrance;)

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:15 | 4857500 Stackers
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thats a pretty fugly house. Looks like my dentist's office. You would think they could afford a pool boy too.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:25 | 4857519 jbvtme
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8' ceilings? peasantville

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:29 | 4857526 Yes We Can. But...
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I think Obama could be very happy in Palm Springs - lots of easy golf courses that can make any hack feel like a winner, a large, active gay community, and lots of places to stop for an ice cream cone.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 20:28 | 4857627 economics9698
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That dumb ass is going to end up like Mussolini.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 20:44 | 4857655 Rootin' for Putin
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We can only hope.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:46 | 4857769 dumbStruck
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Strange fruit

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:22 | 4857727 sylviasays
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For the sake of "fairness" and diversity, maybe we can house some of the illegal refuge children who are pouring over the U.S. border from Central and South America at some of the lavish estates like Ichpa Mayapan and other estates in the exclusive Thunderbird Heights area of Palm Springs?

Why not also ship some of those poor illegal Dream Act children off to live in the White House? 





Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:50 | 4857783 kaiserhoff
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Every loud mouthed Libtard should be required to adopt a hundred of them.

It's only "fair".

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 22:39 | 4857865 SuperRay
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Good spot to indulge in some radioactive seafood. Dig in Barry, maybe you'll mutate into someone with a backbone and a conscience

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 09:16 | 4858248 Vampyroteuthis ...
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I think Obama could be very happy in Palm Springs - gay community.....

There is the ticket!

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 20:42 | 4857648 Whoa Dammit
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The architect seems to have captured the "Abandoned Filling Station in the Hood" look rather well. Just add some graffiti , some plywood window treatments, and that house will be move-in ready!

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 20:51 | 4857672 knukles
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The statuary is wrong.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:00 | 4857682 nmewn
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Thats right!...where is the guy pointing Forward wearing the garish proletariat service station attendant attire with the big ass big red star on his cap?!

Somethings not quite right here ;-)

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:37 | 4857745 kaiserhoff
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How dare ya'll mock Commie Faggot Modern!

  You shall be reported to the all poof fairy editorial board of the Jew York Times...,

  AND in case you didn't notice, the cover the Commie Faggot Atlantic this month is all about


Which must mean Illinois and Indiana farm boys will finally be compensated for holding Cemetary Ridge at Gettysburg. 

Big fucking mistake, guys.  As soon as I perfect that time machine...

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:50 | 4857781 nmewn
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Reparations was always a cute little divide & conquer thingy.

Oprah (a gazzilionaire) would get the full 100% and poor ole Barry would get half of that...but it would keep central planning statists in "busy work" for longer than there were slaves here trying to come up with just the right formula.

Once they started deducting for "services rendered" through blood, treasure, benefits and "rescuing" though...the aggrieved forefathers of Boko Haram may not come out as far ahead as they thought of course.

Then they can start in on the Arabs & Euro's, which should be a real hoot ;-)

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:55 | 4857793 kaiserhoff
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Hey, I've got my tin cup ready, for a hundred years of pissing on German Americans..., not.

Who ever got ahead by declaring herself a VICTIM?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 22:36 | 4857857 nmewn
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I can go in a bunch of directions, Dutch, Irish, Scot, German, Creek...I'm a mutt so my cup runneth

Yeah, no one ever got ahead on their own by "claiming to be" a victim for life, thats a suckers bet. And yes, one of mine was an indentured servant...bondage, a slave by any other name besides skin color.

Geneaology is pretty wild, one can go back and find one is related to royalty & slaves, I did ;-)

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 23:30 | 4857936 Miffed Microbio...
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Funny. On one side I'm a blue blood. Direct descendent from John Alden and Pricilla Mullins of the Mayflower (i.e. boring). The other side, poor Irish immigrants that got the tar beaten out of them and struggled to survive. I relate and look up to one side more than the other. I'm not a mutt, I've got Hybrid-Asshole-Vigor!


Sat, 06/14/2014 - 23:46 | 4857958 nmewn
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Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:47 | 4857768 Yes We Can. But...
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You called?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:51 | 4857784 nmewn
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Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:42 | 4857759 kaiserhoff
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Where are the black jockey ceramics to hold the horses,

and separate the golf carts from the special ed, er... mouth breathers.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 21:35 | 4859840 neidermeyer
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Agreed that it's FUGLY ,, but it does have separation from the neighbors and the required parking and guest house for the secret service.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:42 | 4857543 booboo
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"President chokes to death on a chicken bone, Biden taken to Cedar Sinai for mental evaluation, congress wiped out in historic tornado, supremes commit mass suicide, free Cheetos for life"
My kingdom for a headline.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 20:20 | 4857603 macholatte
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My kingdom for a headline.


+10 LOL

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:01 | 4857684 nmewn
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Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:56 | 4857564 rubiconsolutions
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"Are there no golf courses in the Kenyan's beloved adopted city of Chicago...."

You can golf year around in Palm Springs,  a little warm in the summer. He'll be set. Plus Michelle can go to the Dinah Shore with all the other, um, womyn.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 15:34 | 4859016 OldPhart
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Spent the weekend in Palm Springs...oddly Pressed Zero must have been too busy dealing with the VA crisis, the Border Crisis, Freeing our Marine in a Mexican Jail, Assisting Iraq with the results of his personal failure, Reviewing Eric Holder's investigation of Fast and Furious, and making Obamacare everything it was promised to come by for a visit.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 18:36 | 4857427 stant
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Has side bungalow for reggie

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 18:39 | 4857431 Urban Redneck
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does it come with a separate bath house?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:02 | 4857472 JLee2027
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Post of the day, lol.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:12 | 4857704 hairball48
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Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:10 | 4857489 Cheapie
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Be careful how you say Bungalow.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 22:23 | 4857836 rubiconsolutions
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Did you say bungalow or bunghole?

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 21:19 | 4857718 suteibu
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Actually, it's in the rear.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 18:37 | 4857429 Incubus
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redecorating the white house lol


holy fuck


words cannot even

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 18:45 | 4857441 disabledvet
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Looks like a desert that's fer sure.

Lotta heavy metal out that way. Is it near Fort Irwin?

That's where we met up with the Armored Divisions of Fort Hood.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 20:17 | 4857598 punishmentnotrevenge
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About an hour from 29 palms.  The Marine Corps garden spot! :(

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 23:14 | 4857913 Rusty Shorts
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Yup, right next to Giant Rock CA, which btw, the BLM recently annexed and now the USMC is running rough-shod over this amazing area...just down the road from Joshua Tree National Forest

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 15:35 | 4859019 OldPhart
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Fort Irwin's about 200 miles north.  Palms Springs isn't too far way from 29 Palms Marine Base.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 18:46 | 4857445 Winston Churchill
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The Lincoln bedroom is now the S & M suite ,pink ,and organdy   wallpaper.

The whole ensemble finished with zebra skin rugs.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:43 | 4857544 Everybodys All ...
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Bought in some post modern south side Chicago style graffiti.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 20:46 | 4857661 Rootin' for Putin
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Its gonna be a bitch for whoever moves in next to get the grape drank stains out of the carpets.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 07:55 | 4858184 Peanut Butter E...
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We can now call it Black House or Nigger House.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 18:41 | 4857434 EddieBurgerPie
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Outdated fugly house.

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 19:11 | 4857493 puckles
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that was the ad used by the PRIOR owner (he listed himself as Realtor/Owner).  I'm sure the minor fugly has been removed.  What has replaced it, is anybody's guess...

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