Updated Saturday night
WASHINGTON--The "personal" trip to New York President Obama and First Lady Michelle made Saturday became grist for the Republican National Committee.
The RNC hit the First Couple up for taking the trip--the RNC called it "a joyride"-- on Air Force One while the nation's economy is suffering.
(Update) The RNC left a misimpression. The Obama's did not take the jumbo jet commonly thought of as the president's plane. Instead, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, the Obamas flew in an Air Force Gulfstream V (C-37A) for their flight to NYC. "Far less costly than the 747. It's a 12 passenger aircraft," Knoller said in a Twitter dispatch. Any aircraft flying the president is called Air Force One. Other points: the RNC never complained when former President George Bush flew to Texas to weekend at his ranch. I doubt the RNC would have dared criticized Obama if he flew to Chicago on weekends; the Obama's have been home once since the inauguration. (end Update)
The RNC put up a clip from the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 9 where Obama joked about daughters Malia and Sasha taking a ride on Air Force One.
(Update) For their date night, the Obama's ate at Blue Hill.
Then they took in a show at the Belasco Theatre "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," a play by August Wilson about the struggle of a man dealing with the historic scars of slavery. (end Update)