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.
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.
Big in DC
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.
iran so far
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.
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.
President Barack Obama and mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio made a surprise visit to Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn this evening, where they greeted unsuspecting diners who welcomed them with loud applause.
Now It's Official
“It is good to be back in Brooklyn.”
President Barack Obama, who lived in the borough back in the 1980s but had yet to make an official stop as president, according to Borough President Marty Markowitz, returned to the borough today to visit a tech-focused high school in Crown Heights.
President Barack Obama’s helicopter landed in Prospect Park today–“kicking up a large cloud of dust and debris, including leaves, grass, sand and at least one gray t-shirt,” according to a pool report–and for Senator Chuck Schumer, it was quite the moment.
Mr. Schumer, who lives next to the park, was on hand to great Mr. Obama when he landed and subsequently released a statement on the occasion.
Parks and Wreck
Joe Lhota has a suggestion for the president.
Barack Obama is visiting a Brooklyn school today, where he will be joined by Bill de Blasio, the Democratic nominee in the mayor’s race, and a host of elected officials. But Mr. Lhota, the Republican Party’s pick, thinks they should have a debate as well.
Brooklynites may have to find a new place to picnic Friday afternoon.
President Barack Obama’s visit to a high school in the borough will result in the closure of Prospect Park for six hours, according to the park’s website.