June 1st, 2009
12:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Should taxpayer money cover Obamas’ NYC date night?

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President Obama made good on a campaign promise Saturday night… by taking his wife on a date to New York City. The president says he promised his wife he would "take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished."

Mr. Obama and the First Lady flew from Washington to New York on a Gulfstream jet, then took a helicopter from the Marine One fleet from JFK airport into Manhattan. The first couple dined in the Village and then headed to Times Square, where they saw 'Joe Turner's Come and Gone' — a show about a man coming to terms with the history of slavery.

New Yorkers seemed to love it all, with crowds eight-deep in places, but critics are accusing the president of insensitivity. The Republican National Committee says as the president prepared to "wing into Manhattan's theater district," GM prepared to file bankruptcy and families across America continue to struggle to pay their bills.

They added that if President Obama wanted to go to the theater… why wasn't the presidential box at the Kennedy Center good enough?

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