Saturday, May 30, 2009

President Obama to make first visit to New York; enjoy private time with First Lady Michelle Obama

WASHINGTON - President Obama makes his first trip to New York Saturday to enjoy a date night on Broadway with First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Obamas plan to take in "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" at the Belasco Theater, the Daily News has learned.
The August Wilson drama chronicles the struggles of African-Americans in the early 20th century.
The White House, citing security concerns, declined to comment on the details of the First Couple's "date night" in the Big Apple.
Obama spokesman Josh Earnest would only say, "The President and First Lady will make a personal visit to New York City."
The First Couple will be traveling on one of the smaller planes in the Air Force VIP fleet instead of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
Before heading up to New York today, Obama was hard at work Friday rolling out his cybersecurity strategy in a White House speech.
He revealed that his presidential campaign's computers were hacked by intruders who broke into sensitive files.
"I know how it feels to have privacy violated because it has happened to me and the people around me," Obama said at a White House event announcing the cybersecurity strategy.
The hacking was first reported after the fall election, but Obama had never discussed it openly before.
Obama's Internet communications during the bruising 2008 campaign were legendary for breaking new ground in how he organized supporters and donors nationwide.
"To all of you who donated to our campaign, I want you to all rest assured, our fund-raising Web site was untouched."
"But between August and October, hackers gained access to e-mails and a range of campaign files, from policy position papers to travel plans," he explained.
The President revealed his campaign "worked closely" with the CIA, FBI and Secret Service to block the hackers. He did not reveal their identities or if any arrests were made. Newsweek said the intruders were believed to be Russian or Chinese.
To keep foreign and domestic computer snoopers at bay, Obama announced he'll appoint a new cybersecurity czar to coordinate the defense of critical U.S. computer systems.
jmeek@nydailynews.com

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