'Dad-in-chief' Obama takes daughters for night out in the Big Apple

Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:53pm EDT
 
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By Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama carved out some time this weekend for two people he has described as "magnificent" but who, he says, find him boring: his teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Upping his game as dad-in-chief, Obama hung out with his daughters in New York City on Friday night and had more plans for Saturday, a rare diversion from his weekend schedules, which usually involve work and golf.

Obama has often spoken about how sad he will be when his daughters leaves the nest. Malia, 17, has been spotted touring colleges.

"I’m already dreading that empty seat at the table when Malia goes off to school next fall," Obama wrote in an essay last month in More magazine.

On Friday, Sasha, 14, boarded Air Force One with Obama for the weekend getaway, along with two of her friends. Malia is rumored to have a summer job in New York City working on the set of the HBO television series "Girls."

First, Obama did a little bit of business, attending a small fundraiser on Friday evening hosted by shipping magnates George and Nitzia Logothetis for the Democratic National Committee, where 30 supporters paid up to $33,400 a ticket.

Then Obama took the girls out to dinner at Carbone, a high-end retro Italian-American restaurant in Greenwich Village.

Next, the motorcade swept off to the Whitney Museum of American Art for an after-hours private tour.   Continued...

 
U.S. President Barack Obama walks out with his daughter Sasha from the White House in Washington before departure to New York July 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Yuri Gripas