mind the gap
tale of two fund-raisers
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.
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.
Let’s be clear: The villain in Ukraine is the odious Vladimir Putin. This ruthless apparatchik has taken a page out of Hitler’s playbook, justifying his incursion into Crimea by citing the need to defend his allegedly embattled fellow countrymen.
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.
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 includuded 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.
Big in DC
Nobody needs to buy us any holiday presents this year, because Steve Harvey is interviewing President Obama and it’s going to be on TV.
Around the town
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.
iran so far
President Obama’s selfie-taking at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service has sparked a lot of conversation—including this biting opinion piece by the AP’s photo director about the President’s “Orwellian” image control. (New York Times)
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.