President Obama and his daughters arrived in the Big Apple on Friday for a rare father-daughter weekend. They lingered in Italian restaurant past 11pm then went for a private tour around the new Whitney Museum. On Saturday, the trio and Sasha’s two friend slept until 11.30am then met Obama’s sister in Central Park. Later they are going to see hip hop musical Hamilton about the founding fathers before flying home to D.C.Their first stop was at a Democrat fundraiser on Friday held by shipping magnate George Logothetis
President Obama and his teenage daughters took a stroll through Central Park on Saturday morning after a fun-filled late night in New York.
Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14, are enjoying a rare trip alone with their father, having taken a number of vacations to China and Europe with First Lady Mich
Family time! The president and 14-year-old Sasha looked in great spirits as they strolled in Central Park
Obama, Sasha and Malia were joined by some of the girls’ friends – and security – for the Saturday stroll
The trio had been out into the wee hours on Friday night eating Italian food and visiting the Whitney Museum
Sasha’s two friends cast an eye over at the excited crowds as the First Family appeared totally relaxed, used to the constant attention
Obama seemed delighted, having spoken about his daughters growing up and hanging out with him less
Greeting people: Dressed in a casual shirt and sunglasses, the president shook hands with stall owners
It was their last morning in New York before the president heads back to D.C. to continue the day job
Excited! Central Park visitors lined the paths with their phones desperately trying to catch a snap of the First Family
And it seems the president was keen to show them a good time.
The trio lingered in an Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village past 11pm on Friday before driving the motorcade around the city’s streets then taking a private after-hours tour of the new Whitney Museum on the Hudson River.
On Saturday, there was no sign of the First Family until around 11.30am as they enjoyed a rare lie-in before an activity-filled day.
As the sun broke, they made made a beeline for Central Park, joined by the president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng and her husband, Konrad Ng.
Maya, Obama’s maternal half-sister, is a university instructor based in their native Hawaii. The siblings share a very close relationship despite living far apart. Her husband Konrad, a Chinese-Canadian, is the director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Ce
On Saturday afternoon they headed to a Broadway matinee of Hamilton, the hit hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers.
It’s the president’s first time seeing the full show.
Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda first performed material from what he was then calling ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’ for a newly elected Obama in 2009. First lady Michelle Obama caught it in downtown this spring.
The Obamas have been big boosters of Broadway, seeing such shows as ‘Memphis,’ ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,’ ‘Sister Act,’ ‘The Trip to Bountiful,’ ‘Motown the Musical’ and ‘Kinky Boots.’
It’s an outing that will no-doubt delight the president, who has openly lamented the fact that Sasha and Malia are less interested in hanging out with him as they get older.
But the girls, who recently visited London and Italy with their mother, have looked delighted to be spending time with their father – and his entourage of security – all weekend.
Sasha, 14, was spotted casually hopping on Air Force One with two friends on Friday in Washington, D.C. Arriving minutes later, they were greeted by Malia, 17, who is interning on the HBO show Girls in New York.
President Obama walks with his daughter Sasha, 14, on their way to board Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House bound for a fun weekend in the Big Apple. His 17-year-old Malia, who is interning in Brooklyn on the set of HBO’s girls for the summer
Party hearty: Obama will spend the weekend with his two daughters Malia and Sasha. They team is expected to be at the fundraiser tonight and see Saturday’s matinee performance of the hit hip-hop musical Hamilton at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theater
Obama and daughter Sasha (R), along with two of Sasha’s friends, boarded Air Force One to travel to NYC
A large police presence was on hand for President Obama while he visited the posh uptown townhouse
After Obama left the fundraiser (seen above) the president headed downtown for an upscale dinner
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president was ‘looking forward to a rare opportunity he’ll have to spend a little personal time with his daughters in New York.’
Earnest wouldn’t say what activities were on their schedule, but said journalists taking part in the weekend would be kept up to date.
He then quickly noted that journalists traveling to New York with the president would not actually be participating in his outings with Malia and Sasha.
‘That might interfere with the personal nature of the father-daughter time,’ he quipped.
When the Democratic fundraiser was over with, the president headed downtown for an upscale Italian dinner at Carbone in the West Village.
Obama rarely stays overnight in New York unless he’s there for business, such as the UN General Assembly.
He’s due back in Washington on Saturday night