The first couple arrived in Manhattan on a Marine One helicopter after flying into JFK airport aboard a Gulfstream 500 jet. They dined at the Greenwich Villge restaurant Blue Hill and took in the revival of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come Home” at the Belasco Theatre in midtown. Crowds lined the streets, cheering and waving, as the presidential motorcade made its way through the streets.
Always one to find fault with the Obama administration, the Republic National Committee crticized the President for jetting to New York for what they deemed as “a night on the town” during a recession and as General Motors prepares to file for bankruptcy -the fourth largest in U.S. history.
The Obamas paid for dinner and theatre tickets themselves while taxpayers will foot the bill for the plane ride, estimated by The New York Post at $24,000 per aircraft (3 were required for the trip), and for police security.