Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono greeted President and Mrs. Reagan on their arrival to the desert community, but he went empty-handed.

Air Force One touched down Thursday afternoon at Palm Springs Municipal Airport and taxied to a remote terminal, where the Reagans got into a limousine for the short ride to the home of millionaire publisher Walter Annenberg, where they traditionally spend the New Year's holiday.Bono said he didn't have much to say to the president during their brief minute on the tarmac. "If I had a few hours with him, I'm sure we could have solved a lot of problems," he added.

Asked if he had a gift for Reagan, Bono replied, "No, he's a hard guy to buy for."

Bono said Reagan appeared on the "Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" on television in the 1970s when Reagan was governor of California.

"He's pretty interesting, a neat guy," the mayor said.