Obama takes daughters on treat New York outing

  • 19/07/2015
U.S. President Barack Obama walks in Central Park with daughters Sasha (4th L), Malia (3rd R) and friends in New York
U.S. President Barack Obama walks in Central Park with daughters Sasha (4th L), Malia (3rd R) and friends in New York

US President Barack Obama has taken some time out of his busy schedule this weekend to focus on his job as dad-in-chief, taking his teenage daughters out for a New York visit.

Obama arrived in the Big Apple late on Friday (local time) with Sasha, 14, and two of her friends for the weekend getaway.

Malia, 17, is believed to be interning on the set of the HBO television series Girls in the City.

He first took care of presidential business, attending a small fundraiser hosted by shipping business couple George and Nitzia Logothetis for the Democratic National Committee.

Some 30 supporters paid up to US$33,400 (NZ$50,978) per ticket.

Obama then turned to his girls, taking them to upscale retro Italian restaurant Carbone.

The presidential motorcade whisked them next to the Whitney Museum, where they enjoyed a private after-hours tour.

With Malia already touring colleges, Obama has spoken of the sadness he will feel when his daughters leave the nest.

"I'm already dreading that empty seat at the table when Malia goes off to school next fall," he wrote in a Father's Day essay for More magazine.

"For as long as possible, I'm going to enjoy every minute of finally having us all together under one roof."

On Saturday, the president and his daughters were joined by Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng and her husband Konrad Ng for a stroll in Central Park. Gawkers took pictures as Obama waved.

As it left the park, the presidential motorcade had to dodge traffic, with horsedrawn carriages and pedicabs.

The Obamas then hit Broadway for an afternoon performance of hip-hop musical Hamilton.

Large crowds gathered along 42nd Street, from Times Square to FDR Drive. Most of the onlookers were waving or holding mobile phones.

Obama then headed in his motorcade to Marine One, boarding the presidential helicopter from Lower Manhattan headed for the airport to return to Washington.

AFP

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