Obama, Malia and Sasha Hit Up NYC, Take in Broadway Matinee, Stroll in Central Park


America is used to seeing President Barack Obama in his role as a world leader, but rarely as a father. On Saturday he changed things up, traveling to New York City with Sasha and Malia to spend some "father time" with his daughters and to attend a fundraiser, according to the New York Daily News.


After arriving in the city Friday afternoon, the president went to a Democratic National Committee roundtable in Manhattan that was attended by about 30 supporters, each of whom paid up to $33,400, the report says. Later he joined Malia, 17, Sasha, 14, and friends for dinner at Carbone, a popular Italian eatery in Greenwich Village.

They created a stir Saturday morning when they took a stroll through Central Park before attending a matinee of the hit musical Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway. The hip-hop Lin-Manuel Miranda production tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Kokan Debnath, a hot dog vendor in Central Park, said he was shocked when the president stopped to greet him, “because I’m, I don’t know, I’m ordinary,” writes the News.

“A lot of people see vendors, treat us like garbage,” Debnath said, reports the News. “And we’re not garbage. We’re working to make money for our families.”

Read more at the New York Daily News.