President Obama Drops By Manhattan Gap Store

President Obama taking a shopping break at the gap. (Photo: Twitter/@Phil_Mattingly)
President Obama taking a shopping break at the gap. (Photo: Twitter/@Phil_Mattingly)

President Barack Obama, in town for a pair of big-money fund-raisers, made a stop this afternoon at the Gap for a symbolic shopping session.

At just after 4 p.m, the president’s motorcade pulled up to the chain’s East 42nd Street location so he could do a little shopping for his wife and daughters, according to a White House pool report. Continue reading “President Obama Drops By Manhattan Gap Store”

De Blasio Says He’ll Be the ‘Token Non-Wealthy Person’ at Obama Fund-Raiser Tonight

Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)
Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is set to deliver remarks this evening in front of a well-heeled crowd of donors at a fund-raiser with President Barack Obama, joked today he’ll be the odd one out.

“They needed a token non-wealthy person, so I was there. They called me in,” said Mr. de Blasio, speaking to reporters this afternoon at an unrelated press conference at City Hall. Continue reading “De Blasio Says He’ll Be the ‘Token Non-Wealthy Person’ at Obama Fund-Raiser Tonight”

Michelle Obama Starts ‘Making Drinking Water Cool’ in New York

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with a student at the New Museum today.
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with a student at the New Museum today.

First Lady Michelle Obama touched down in the city today, where she will be appearing at a Democratic fund-raiser and filming a Tonight Show appearance. But before she hangs out with Jimmy Fallon, Ms. Obama stopped by the New Museum in downtown Manhattan to greet a few star-struck eighth graders.

Ms. Obama appeared with the students at an art exhibit in order to promote the health benefits of drinking water. She chatted with the students briefly and took time to sign a mural in the museum’s exhibition room downstairs. Continue reading “Michelle Obama Starts ‘Making Drinking Water Cool’ in New York”

Gloria Steinem Sees Similarities in Quinn and Hillary’s Defeats

Gloria Steinem and Christine Quinn at a 2012 Planned Parenthood gala. (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Gloria Steinem and Christine Quinn at a 2012 Planned Parenthood gala. (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty)

During the Democratic primary, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was one of failed mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s biggest fans. But as Ms. Quinn’s chief rival, Bill de Blasio, prepares to take office, Ms. Steinem says she’s thrilled to welcome the incoming mayor following an election she said reminded her a lot of the 2008 presidential primary won by Barack Obama.

“It was a little bit like a city version of 2008,” Ms. Steinem told Politicker in an interview after a rally outside City Hall this week boosting Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker bid. Continue reading “Gloria Steinem Sees Similarities in Quinn and Hillary’s Defeats”

Bill de Blasio Walks Away From White House Meeting With Sweeping National Hopes

Bill de Blasio and other newly elected mayors after their meeting at the White House.
Bill de Blasio and the other newly-elected mayors.

WASHINGTON — Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went down to Washington, D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama, emerging emboldened that a “progressive movement” was sweeping the nation.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which included 15 other newly-elected mayors, Mr. de Blasio said it was clear to him that the fight against inequality–which formed the centerpiece of his campaign–was gaining steam far beyond the five boroughs.
Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Walks Away From White House Meeting With Sweeping National Hopes”

De Blasio Going to Washington With Mayors ‘Anxious to Put Our Stamp on the National Debate’

Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)
Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Bill de Blasio is going to Washington tomorrow.

New York City’s mayor-elect announced today that he’ll be meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, along with other newly-elected mayors. Continue reading “De Blasio Going to Washington With Mayors ‘Anxious to Put Our Stamp on the National Debate’”

De Blasio Backs Obama’s ‘Promising’ Deal With Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is cool with President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran.

Mr. de Blasio–who argued “there is no closer relationship on earth, literally no closer relationship, than that between New York City and the state of Israel” during the campaign–told Politicker today that he has “a different view” from fellow New York Democrats like Senator Chuck Schumer who sharply criticized the recent agreement. Continue reading “De Blasio Backs Obama’s ‘Promising’ Deal With Iran”