The Obamas' Big Apple Escape: Dinner and a Show
President Obama made good Saturday night on a campaign promise to his wife, Michelle, jetting to New York to take in an August Wilson play on Broadway.
Obama said in a statement to the media that he had promised his wife "during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished."
Once in New York, the couple dined for a little more than two hours at Blue Hill, a Greenwich Village restaurant, before heading to the Belasco Theater for its revival of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." They then returned home to the White House.
The play is about black America in the early 1900s, with residents of a boardinghouse recalling their migration from the sharecropping farms of the South to the industrialized North.
As the presidential motorcade drove up Sixth Avenue to the theater, crowds of people, at times about eight-deep, gathered on the sidewalks of the blockaded street to wave as the Obamas passed. Some cheered. Cab drivers opened their doors and stood on the frames of their taxis to glimpse the president and first lady.
The White House declined to say how much the trip cost taxpayers.
The Republican National Committee chastised Obama for hopping up to New York for "a night on the town" while General Motors prepared its expected bankruptcy filing.
Posted at 1:27 PM ET on May 31, 2009
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