President Barack Obama made good on a campaign promise to his most important supporter tonight—his wife, Michelle. The president and first lady jetted for a date in New York late this afternoon, aides and media in tow. "I am taking my wife to New York City because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished," the president said in a statement read by an aide.
Following dinner at the Blue Hill, a West Village restaurant touted by New York magazine as a "seminal Greenmarket haven," the president and first lady were headed to the Belasco Theater to see Joe Turner's Come and Gone, a play by August Wilson. As the motorcade drove through the West Village, crowds gathered on the sidewalks; gates and security personnel kept passersby away from the Blue Hill.