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President Obama with Sasha Obama
Nancy Benac, Associated Press
Published: 20 July 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama headed to New York Friday for a rare father-daughter weekend in the city. He'll also collect some cash for Democrats while he's there.

Obama was headlining a Democratic fundraiser Friday night hosted by businessman George Logothetis and his wife, Nitzia. About 30 supporters were contributing up to $33,400 each.

Then, with the politics out of the way, the rest of Obama's New York overnighter was set aside for time with his teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Obama, Sasha and two of her friends bounded up the steps of Air Force One, eager to join Malia, who was already in New York.

Malia, who is 17, was spotted earlier this summer on the Brooklyn set of HBO's "Girls," where she reportedly was interning. Sasha is 14.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president was "looking forward to a rare opportunity he'll have to spend a little personal time with his daughters in New York."

Earnest wouldn't say what activities were on their schedule, but said journalists taking part in the weekend would be kept up to date.

He then quickly noted that journalists traveling to New York with the president would not actually be participating in his outings with Malia and Sasha.

"That might interfere with the personal nature of the father-daughter time," he quipped.

Obama rarely stays overnight in New York unless he's there for business, such as the U.N. General Assembly. He's due back in Washington on Saturday night.


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