SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico — Temptation, it’s everywhere! Right next door, for example.
As President Obama and his entourage arrived in Los Cabos for the Group of 20 summit, the White House press corps was put up for two nights in the Barcelo, a beach-side hotel in this resort town. But next door is the more luridly named Desire Resort & Spa, whose catch phrase is “Deliciously Erotic.”
The optics were a bit awkward considering this is Obama’s first foreign trip since he went to Cartagena, Colombia, in April — a trip perhaps best known for the Secret Service prostitution scandal. Leading up to the summit, agents received an e-mail from the agency’s managers instructing them to be on good behavior and requiring those going on the trip to attend mandatory training courses for a set of new road trip rules.
Here in Cabo, a road sign reading “TEMPTATION RESORT SPA” directs motorists points toward Desire, a blocky, tan-colored building without windows and a rock garden outside.
Desire is “infamous as a ‘Lifestyle-Friendly,’ Sensual — ALL-INCLUSIVE — Clothing Optional — Erotic Party Resort for adventurous couples,” the hotel’s Web site boasts.
Obama was staying at another hotel farther away, and perhaps not coincidentally, the Secret Service was not staying with the press at the Barcelo.
Also, fortunately, the Desire is available only to couples.