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Obama's Birthday Weekend: Golf, Terror Updates and Camp David

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, who turns 52 on Sunday, spent Saturday playing golf with friends at Joint Base Andrews, but before he hit the links, he was briefed on the terrorist threat that will cause 21 U.S. embassies to close Sunday.

“Before departing this morning, the president was updated on the potential threat occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco. He will continue to be updated through the weekend,” a White House official told reporters.

The State Department has ordered all U.S. embassies to close Sunday. Most are closed anyway on Sundays, except those in Muslim countries, meaning the closures affect 21 embassies in the Muslim world. The State Department also issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans on Friday.

After the briefing, the president’s motorcade left the White House with golf clubs and at least one cooler in tow. Later, he planned to head to Camp David.

Three groups teed off at Andrews, according to a White House official, including a smattering of old friends and former colleagues. Among them were two Chicago friends, Marty Nesbitt and Eric Whitaker. Whitaker attended graduate school with Obama at Harvard. High school friends Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, who was arrested in 2011 in Honolulu on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute, were also there.  Obama has played golf with him at least twice since the arrest.

Former aide Reggie Love and Chicago chef Sam Kass, who has also served as a White House chef, senior policy adviser on nutrition, and executive director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, also played.

Obama was expected to depart for Camp David in the afternoon, returning Sunday.

The presidential golf outing got cool-for-August morning temperatures accompanied by some intermittent, light drizzling rain.

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Obama Pushes Growth, Stability at G-8 Summit

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama suggested that European austerity should be tempered with efforts to stimulate growth, as the eight leaders of the world’s largest economies gathered at Camp David for a summit that was also expected to touch on Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the ongoing bloodshed in Syria.

The economy is at the top of the agenda Saturday and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to be front and center as Obama pushes her to focus more on growth and less on austerity.

“We are very committed to making sure growth and stability and fiscal consolidation is something that all of us are trying to achieve,” Obama said.

Today’s focus on the Eurozone comes on the heels of elections in France and Greece that ushered in new leaders who are focused on growth, a blatant rejection of the austerity model championed by Germany.

The second day of the G-8 summit kicked off Saturday morning after a cozy slumber party at Camp David, with Obama formally thanking the leaders for making the trip to his country home in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains for the meeting.

Seated around a wooden table in a paneled room so small that Obama quipped that press photographers were only welcome “as long as [they] don’t break anything,” he rattled off the major issues of the summit, beginning with Iran.

“I think all of us agree that Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear power, but that its continuing violations of international rules and norms and its inability thus far to convince the world community that it is not pursuing the weaponization of nuclear power is something of grave concern to all of us,” Obama said. “And our hope is that we can resolve this issue in a peaceful fashion that respects Iran’s sovereignty and its rights in the international community, but also recognizes its responsibilities.”

The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are slated to meet with Iranian leaders Wednesday in Baghdad in the next round of nuclear negotiations.

The president also expressed his concern for the continuing violence in Syria, but reiterated his support for the six-point peace plan negotiated by former U.S. Secretary General Kofi Annan.

“We’re supportive of the Annan plan and agree that the Annan plan should be fully implemented and a political process has to move forward in a more timely fashion to resolve that issue,” Obama said.

The full complement 300 unarmed U.N. monitors are expected to arrive in Syria by the end of May, though violence continues nearly a month after the Syrian government ostensibly accepted the plan.

North Korea and Burma were also mentioned Saturday morning and the president suggested that Afghanistan will be the hot-button issue of this week’s NATO Summit in Chicago.

“We want to make sure that we recognize the need for Afghanistan to sustain a development plan,” he said.

The leaders arrived Friday night for a welcome dinner and Obama called the discussions thus far “very fruitful.”

After Saturday’s first two working sessions, the eight leaders gathered outside for the G-8 family photo, that awkward, annual ritual.

In Washington, first lady Michelle Obama will host the G-8 spouses — and French President Francois Hollande’s girlfriend — at the White House for a tour and “intimate lunch” catered by famed celebrity chef Jose Andres.

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White House Moves G-8 Summit From Chicago to Camp David

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In a surprising change of heart, the White House announced Monday afternoon that it was moving the site of the upcoming G-8 economic summit from the president’s hometown of Chicago to Camp David.

The White House gave no reason for the late change in location, after it announced last summer that both the G-8 and NATO summits would be held in Chicago.

The move reportedly stunned organizers in Chicago, who were caught off-guard by the White House’s decision, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“To facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G-8 partners, the president is inviting his fellow G-8 leaders to Camp David on May 18-19 for the G-8 Summit, which will address a broad range of economic, political and security issues,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a written statement.

The president himself spends little time at his Maryland country retreat, preferring to spend his weekends in Washington instead.

The president still plans to host the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21, “which will be the premier opportunity this year for the president to continue his efforts to strengthen NATO to ensure that the Atlantic Alliance remains the most successful alliance in history, while charting the way forward in Afghanistan,” according to Carney.

Reacting to the news, Chicago Mayor and Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said he wished “President Obama and the other leaders well at the G-8 meeting at Camp David” and looked forward to hosting the NATO summit in Chicago.

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Obama to Spend Columbus Day Visiting Wounded Troops 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama, who spent the weekend at Camp David, will spend the afternoon with wounded service members at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

The visit comes one week after the United States marked the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. In a statement last week, the president stressed how his administration is ending the war “responsibly” and from “a position of strength.”

“As we reflect on 10 years of war and look ahead to a future of peace, Michelle and I call upon all Americans to show our gratitude and support for our fellow citizens who risk their lives so that we can enjoy the blessings of freedom and security,” Obama said, a message he will likely share with troops Monday.
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Unexpected Detour: Marine One Forced to Land

Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a highly unusual maneuver, President Obama’s 30-minute flight to the Presidential mountain retreat at Camp David Friday afternoon was diverted to an undisclosed landing near Frederick, Md. and a motorcade assembled to drive him to the nearby site. White House press secretary Jay Carney tells ABC News a “bad weather call” was made before the President and his younger daughter Sasha even boarded the aircraft.

Carney says they arrived safely at Camp David. It remains unexplained why the President would be allowed to board Marine One knowing that the landing site on the mountain was experiencing poor weather making a landing difficult.

The press first learned of the diversion when wire agency still photographers, who traditionally stand by at Camp David for news coverage in case of an emergency, were told by the military at the mountain top Marine base that the President would be arriving by motorcade.

At the time Marine One took off in Washington reported there was no precipitation across the entire region, including Camp David.

Light winds blew from the southeast at 10mph with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.

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