Um, can I go on a date with the president? This Saturday, Barack Obama and his stunning date, first lady Michelle, jetted to New York City for romantic night on the town: dinner and a Broadway show. They chowed down at Blue Hill, then drove up the blockaded Sixth Avenue, where massive crowds lined the sidewalks, and headed to Belasco Theater to see “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” a play about black America in the early 1900s.
“I am taking my wife to New York City,” Obama said, “because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished.” Of course, there was criticism from Republicans—who didn’t seem to mind Bush’s frequent jaunts to Crawford, Texas, or Sarah Palin’s $150,000 shopping spree—but said Obama was putting on a show in the midst of the GM bankruptcy, and demanded to know how much the trip was costing taxpayers. The White House wouldn’t say, but the Obamas did opt for a smaller jet, and by New York standards, Blue Hill has a modestly-priced menu (main courses average $35).
New Yorkers were generally ecstatic about the visit. An audience member at the Broadway show described the scene as “utter pandemonium” with shouting, clapping and a five-minute standing ovation. Meryl Streep was also in the audience, but no one seemed to notice.
Can I just say this totally reminds me of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts going to the opera in “Pretty Woman?” Except, you know, without the whole prostitute thing. [NY Times]