President Barack Obama took some time out of his busy schedule this weekend to focus on his job as dad-in-chief, taking his teenage daughters out for a New York visit.
Obama arrived in the Big Apple late Friday with Sasha, 14, and two of her friends for the weekend getaway. Malia, 17, is believed to be interning on the set of the HBO television series ‘Girls’ in the city.
US President Barack Obama walks in Central Park with daughters Sasha (4th L), Malia (3rd R) and friends in New York, July 18, 2015. (Reuters)
He first took care of presidential business, attending a small fundraiser hosted by shipping business couple George and Nitzia Logothetis for the Democratic National Committee.
Some 30 supporters paid up to $33,400 per ticket.
Obama then turned to his girls, taking them to upscale retro Italian restaurant Carbone.
The presidential motorcade whisked them next to the Whitney Museum, where they enjoyed a private after-hours tour.
With Malia already touring colleges, Obama has spoken of the sadness he will feel when his daughters leave the nest.
"I'm already dreading that empty seat at the table when Malia goes off to school next fall," he wrote in a Father's Day essay for More magazine.
US President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with a vendor while walking in Central Park with daughters Sasha (2nd R) and Malia (R) in New York, July 18, 2015. (Reuters)
For as long as possible, I'm going to enjoy every minute of finally having us all together under one roof."
On Saturday, the president and his daughters were joined by Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng and her husband Konrad Ng for a stroll in Central Park. Gawkers took pictures as Obama waved.
As it left the park, the presidential motorcade had to dodge traffic, with horse-drawn carriages and pedicabs.
The Obamas then hit Broadway for an afternoon performance of hip-hop musical ‘Hamilton’.
Large crowds gathered along 42nd Street, from Times Square to FDR Drive. Most of the onlookers were waving or holding cellphones.
Obama then headed in his motorcade to Marine One, boarding the presidential helicopter from Lower Manhattan headed for the airport to return to Washington.