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Obamas Share Date Night in the Big Apple

First couple takes in a gourmet dinner and show in NYC

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    Obamas Share Date Night in the Big Apple
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    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way to board Air Force One. The agenda for the evening included a private dinner and a Broadway play in the Big Apple.

    President Barack Obama and the first lady shared a romantic night in New York City this weekend, cozying up at a gourmet Greenwich Village eatery and then catching a Broadway show -- but not before drawing the ire of some Republicans.

    After dining a little more than two hours at Blue Hill, a West Village restaurant touted by New York magazine as a "seminal Greenmarket haven" that features food grown by chef and owner Dan Barber on his upstate farm, the president and first lady headed to the Belasco Theater to make it in time for "Joe Turner's Come and Gone."

    "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.

    The White House declined to say how much the trip was costing taxpayers, and even before the smaller jet left Washington, the there-and-back trip drew criticism from the Republican National Committee.

    The RNC issued a news release that chastised Obama for saying he understands American's troubles, but then hopping up to New York for "a night on the town."

    Noting that General Motors is expected to file for Chapter 11 protection on Monday, the RNC said in a statement: "Putting on a show: Obamas wing into the city for an evening out while another iconic American company prepares for bankruptcy."

    The president and first lady jetted to a date in New York late Saturday afternoon, aides and media in tow.

    As the motorcade left the West Village and drove up Sixth Avenue to the theater, crowds of people, at times about eight deep, gathered on the sidewalks of the blockaded streets to wave as the Obamas passed. Some cheered. Cab drivers opened their doors and stood on the frames of their taxis to glimpse the president and first lady.

    The Obamas left the theater after the play and were greeted by more cheers from enthusiastic bystanders along New York streets as they headed back for the flight to Washington.

    In an interview before his inauguration, Barack Obama said he and his wife like having "date nights," usually on Fridays. Since moving to Washington, the Obamas have managed to fit in at least a few nights out in the nation's capital.

    While on a trip to New York last week, Michelle Obama was reminded about the couple's first date.

    "You know, after 20-some-odd years of knowing a guy, you forget that your first date was at a museum," she said. "But it was, and it was obviously wonderful. It worked."

    Before traveling to New York, the Obamas watched daughter Malia's soccer game for an hour Saturday morning.

    Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel used the occasion to knock the NYPD for a recent friendly fire shooting of an African-American cop by his white colleague.

    "Make certain he doesn't run around in East Harlem unidentified," Rangel told the New York Daily News after being asked what else the Obamas should do while in the city.

    Rangel issued the warning after calling for an investigation into whether the fatal shooting of off-duty cop Omar Edwards in Harlem Thursday was a mistake. 

    "Whether it's me, whether it's the (U.S.) attorney general, or indeed, whether it's the President of the United States, running for a bus can jeopardize you -- just because of your color -- in a community like ours," Rangel said.

    Obama's representatives did not comment on the statement.