NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Traffic was a bit heavier in Midtown Saturday afternoon as President Barack Obama took his daughters to a Broadway show.
The president and his daughters were headed to the matinée showing of the musical “Hamilton,” about founding father Alexander Hamilton.
First Lady Michelle Obama raved about the show when she saw it during its off-Broadway run, CBS2 reported.
Obama and Sasha arrived in the city Friday for a Democratic fundraiser. Malia was there to meet them in New York. She has been interning on the set of HBO’s “Girls” this summer.
A New York weekend was Obama’s idea. He often laments that his girls are less interested in spending time with him now that they are older. But the concept gets a little complicated, of course, when dad is the president.
Obama’s every move requires massive security precautions that tie the bustling streets of New York in knots, and he can attract throngs of onlookers in an instant.
Hearty cheers went up from the street corner late Friday as the Obamas left Carbone; a crowd had massed outside the restaurant when word spread that he was there for dinner.
But after more than 6 1/2 years in the White House fishbowl, Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14, have adjusted to all the attention and they know how to carry on.
Sasha and two girlfriends hopped aboard Air Force One for the trip to New York without even a hint that they had noticed the photographers and TV cameras pointed in their direction Friday.
After Saturday’s show, the trio will head back to Washington.
But the president will be back in New York for a few hours on Tuesday for one last appearance with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and a Democratic fundraiser.
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