President Obama Goes Shopping At The Gap


President Barack Obama looks for gifts for his family with saleswoman Susan Panariello after stopping off at the GAP in New York


President Barack Obama shops at a GAP clothing store in Manhattan during his unannounced visit. Obama used the visit to talk about raising the minimum hourly wage standards and applauded the GAP, who earlier in the year announced it was raising minimum wage for its employees



Mary Bruce: President Obama Visits NYC, Takes Surprising Shopping Trip To The Gap

Apparently even President Obama knows that New York City is a great place to shop. During a trip to the Big Apple today, the president made a surprise stop at the Gap. Obama checked out some khakis and sweatshirts. A cheery saleswoman talked him through a few options, including a V-neck pink sweater. Obama said he was worried the V-neck would “slip” off his daughter’s shoulders. He ultimately settled on a light pink crewneck for Sasha and a bright pink one for Malia.

A White House official explained the president’s impromptu stop: “In his State of the Union address, the President called for businesses to raise workers’ wages, and today the President will visit a Gap store to show his support for Gap Inc.’s decision to increase wages for their US based employees.” During his visit to the store, Obama also picked out navy blue zip-up workout shirtfor the first lady. The president then greeted the woman behind the counter, who told him he was better looking in person. “You hear that?” The president said to reporters. “I think the ladies will be impressed with my style sense,” the president said as his items were rung up.

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President Barack Obama greets cashier Sonia Del Gatto at a GAP clothing store in Manhattan during his unannounced shopping visit



123 Responses to “President Obama Goes Shopping At The Gap”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    March 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    He does?

  2. 7 hopefruit2
    March 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      March 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      It’s reassuring to be reminded that money isn’t everything anymore, as voters have gotten wise to what KOCH and their kind have been up to all these years. Go Crist!

    • 9 Nena20409
      March 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      There was a $500K donation that was Not meeting FL campaign financing rules….then the $500K was missing from their books. FL get rid of the Scott stiff.

      I don’t remember where I had seen this report or I would have posted it now.

    • 11 majiir
      March 11, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      THIS. It would seem that the super wealthy-backed PAC supporters would have learned this when they spent millions in 2012 and Romney ended up giving a concession speech just as we knew he would.

  3. 12 Grab a Mop Grace
    March 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I love my President! Just sayin…

  4. 13 Nena20409
    March 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    VC has the Top Medals, again today. Yahoo ❗ Gold and Silver.

    Wow these pictures are Gold NW. POTUS helping the Gap, a Free publicity that Money can’t buy. NY Media would all Mention Gap today and so will all the business networks and so will various Media outlets.

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      March 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      It just occurred to me to wonder, Nena, do you have an excel spreadsheet with the number of times people have won, ….say in the last year? It would be good evidence to support a petition for a TOD Oscar or Super Bowl, or Stanley Cup, or whatever. 😉

  5. 17 CEB
    March 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    PBO is such a dad; worrying that a V-neck sweater would slip from his daughter’s shoulders. We are always our daddy’s little girls no matter how old we are.

  6. 18 vcprezofan2
    March 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Where is everyone else? Pouting because PBO isn’t shopping for them? Tut. Tut.

    • 19 hopefruit2
      March 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Folks are on their way home from work. Shutting down the computers. Driving in traffic. Or on the training browsing the tweets/posts, etc. Preparing dinner. Hitting the gym or the park to get some exercise. And it’s nice and warm outside, so people are taking advantage. You will see another surge of posts around 7-8PM….

  7. 22 donna dem 4 obama
    March 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Polls are open for a little over an hour. If you know someone in her district please make that call to make sure they voted today.

  8. 23 Vicki
    March 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Lots of reaction in NY to Cuomo’s hiring of a repub strategist and msnbc contributor—Susan del Percio.
    “The Joe Lieberman path to the WH” said one comic.

    The tactics I’ve been writing about here (manipulating to get the NY Senate into Rep hands) are getting lots of attention now.

    • 24 Nerdy Wonka
      March 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Very weird that he would hire her. I wonder what’s going on behind the scenes.

      • 25 Vicki
        March 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm

        Another comic suggested that Cuomo hired del Persio to make sure that his GOP opponent, Rob Astorino, couldn’t get her on board. I guess Susan is a respected operative.

  9. 32 hopefruit2
    March 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    That this emptywheel Snowden/Greenwald fangirl is so invested in this CIA story is a HUGE red flag for me…and Rozen keeps re-tweeting her crap.

  10. 33 sherijr
    March 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Anytime I think this President of the people can’t be more remarkable.. he one ups himself. This is why he is loved- because WE know he is about us, the average, minimum wage earning, social security receiving, knowledge – and food hungry- student/ mom/ dad/ grandparent/vet.

  11. 36 Don
    March 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Senator Feinstein needs to focus her outrage on the previous administration that authorized the CIA to check congressional staff computers, as always these people are a day late and a dollar short. I like how all of a sudden their outrage grow balls the size of coconuts when it comes to President Obama.

    • 37 Nena20409
      March 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      1001% you are correct Don. Whenever Sen Feinstein goes off without properly ID’ing exactly what she is talking about the Media and TBGOPers would invent their talking points and misinform Americans…… as idiots like Cruz did already in a nanosecond.


    • 39 hopefruit2
      March 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I’m heartened to see that not every one is buying Feinstein’s dog n pony show of outrage.

      • 40 anniebella
        March 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm

        I don’t believe that President Obama would support any spying on Congress. I don’t know what Sen. Feinstein is up too.

        • 41 anniebella
          March 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

          But it’s funny to me how these Democrats only speak up when they have something negative to say.When you need and want to see them speak up in support of this President they remain silent.

      • 43 carolyn
        March 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

        DiFi seems to go off the rails every six months or so. She speaks without as Nena says, properly ID’ing what she’s talking about, then has to walk it back and explain herself. She gets twisted up too easily.

        • 44 anniebella
          March 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

          Maybe it’s time for Feinstein to retire, and maybe we get a Senator Kamala Harris, the AG in California

    • 46 majiir
      March 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      I agree, Don. What I find surprising is that she’s making so much fuss about it now, but said nothing in the past! I could understand her doing it, if she and the dems in Congress had PBO’s back if/when he addressed(es) the matter, but they’re as likely to line up against him with the GOPTPers, depending on which way the political winds are blowing on a particular day.

      • 47 Nena20409
        March 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

        Look how she totally denied those who dis a Talk-A-Ton in the senate and their efforts for Climate Change went without a Mention by the media.

        Dems and messaging is just Not up to par.

  12. 48 MightyPamela
    March 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    This is TODAY?? Man, oh man, this MAN is truly amazing! First he breaks twitterz, then he casually goes on a wee shopping spree for his ladies!! He is my kind of man, to be sure!! (btw: breaking news: MY FRIGGING WINDOWS ARE FINALY CLEAN!) oh yeah

  13. 49 MightyPamela
    March 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Just guessing whatever PBO bought at. GAP today will leave zero of that item on the shelves in any of the stores! If PBO buys it, must have!!

  14. 51 hopefruit2
    March 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Putin now wishes he could do an interview with Zach on Between two Ferns (shirtless).

  15. March 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Nerdy, you are our beloved Energizer Bunny – thank yoooooou, legend!!!!

  16. 56 anniebella
    March 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    How nice of our POTUS, a gift for FLOTUS, Malia and Sasha. How nice of him.

  17. 57 donna dem 4 obama
    March 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm

  18. 58 vcprezofan2
    March 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    WARNING – ONLY FOR THOSE WITH A STRONG STOMACH. It contains an ‘unusual’ McTurtle ad.

  19. 59 hopefruit2
    March 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

  20. 61 africa
    March 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Hello everybody. Happy Tuesday after a most hectic day. But my PBO never fails to bring a smile to my face.

  21. 62 nospin
    March 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I love the video of PO at the Gap. He gave the sales rep a kiss after she told him he was cuter in person.

    so sweet.

  22. 67 hopefruit2
    March 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    LOL, we like our President and we will keep him thanks! This guy is from Australia. Other countries wish they had their “Obama.”

    • 68 anniebella
      March 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Sorry Drew Fellows, we want our President, if we didn’t we wouldn’t have voted for him twice and stood in line for hours to cast that vote. You are welcome to John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Donald Trump, Newt Gringrich, Paul Ryan. But we have our President till he and Michelle walk out of the White House in 2017.

  23. 69 vcprezofan2
    March 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    It pains my soul ….

    Ukraine will not attempt a military move to prevent the southern Crimean peninsula’s breakaway in order not to expose its eastern border, Ukraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov told AFP Tuesday in an exclusive interview.

    “We cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected,” Turchynov said, as Crimea prepares to vote in a referendum Sunday on becoming part of Russia.


    • 70 vcprezofan2
      March 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      SEVASTOPOL/KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.

      With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in their bases, the new authorities in Kiev painted a sorry picture of the military bequeathed them by the pro-Moscow president overthrown two weeks ago. They announced the raising of a new National Guard to be drawn from volunteers among veterans.

      The prime minister, heading for talks at the White House and United Nations, told parliament in Kiev he wanted the United States and Britain, as guarantors of a 1994 treaty that saw Ukraine give up its Soviet nuclear weapons, to intervene both diplomatically and militarily to fend off Russian “aggression”.

      But despite NATO reconnaissance aircraft patrolling the Polish and Romanian borders and U.S. naval forces preparing for exercises in the Black Sea, Western powers have made clear that, as when ex-Soviet Georgia lost territory in fighting in 2008, they have no appetite for risking turning the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War into a military conflict with Moscow.

      Diplomacy seemed restricted to a war of words. …………….


      • March 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm

        Suggest you listen to the entirety of the video I just posted, below, VC – the interview with Poland’s FM Sikorski.

        • 72 vcprezofan2
          March 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm

          I just finished and was going to write you a thank you comment, when I saw my notification light. TY

        • 73 vcprezofan2
          March 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm

          Though I don’t have any connections to/in this part of the world, it seems so wrong, and underhanded, for Putin and his henchman to be able to walk in and lay claim to Crimea – even if there are Russian speakers wanting to be annexed. I also ask myself, if these Russian speakers are blind, deaf and dumb to want to align themselves with Russian governance. 🙄 Bobfr, I do not understand the world, much as I don’t understand the Republicans who vote republican.

  24. 75 hopefruit2
    March 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  25. 76 99ts
    March 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    There is something seriously in need of repair in the US media – especially those who report on the WH – they seem to think Russian aggression is good – yet the President appearing in a comedy show – to promote health care for the US people – is bad.

    There is nothing on this earth that the WHPC has ever got correct. They praise Presidents for going to war, Governors for being corrupt and congress for doing nothing – while misinforming the people to the extend that 47% think up is down and religion is science. Just sad

    George Bush was comedy because of the stupid – apparently that’s acceptable. PBO using comedy is way above the mindset of the WHPC – their lack of a sense of humor is astounding.

    • 77 hopefruit2
      March 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      If you remember that the media is run by Republicans, then that would explain the US media’s behavior – as dysfunctional & hate-filled as the Republicans who run it

  26. 78 hopefruit2
    March 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    “Between Two Ferns” got a tremendous amount of publicity – I’m reading tweets from many people who say that they didn’t know about it prior to today. So its a win-win for everyone involved 🙂

    • 79 carolyn
      March 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      I’m one who never heard of it before, but considering my generation, that’s not too surprising. The president was fabulous…..he played the entire event perfectly. What a gift to us!

  27. March 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Everyone is rightly focused on President Obama’s spectacular ‘debut’ on Between Two Ferns, but I do urge each of you to listen to the entirety of this video of BBC’s Jeremy Paxman quizzing Polish FM Sikorski. Very impressive!!!


  28. 83 Vicki
    March 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Polls closed in FL at 7:00. Too early to call but it seems Alex Sink is a llittle ahead!!!

  29. 86 Vicki
    March 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Takeaway from FL seems to be that a half-hearted Democrat, wishy-washy on Obamacare WILL be wiped out by a Koch-sponsored assualt.

    For us to win in 2014 we need Dems who are as enthusiastic about the ACA as we are.

    • 87 hopefruit2
      March 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Exactly. They keep listening to the media – Allison Grimes should be taking notes now…

      • 88 Vicki
        March 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm

        This seat has to be defended in November.
        I’d hope we find a strong Progressive Dem.

        Watch how the media spin this. They will call Sink a strong candidate sunk by ACA.
        Utterly 100% false.

        If the Democrats refuse this spin and see that what is needed is More not less emphasis on ACA we will do much better.

        • 89 hopefruit2
          March 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

          This district (FL-13) has been Republican since 1983. The race was NOT a blowout for R’s considering it was a special election, and PBO only won by 1% in 2012 – a very high turnout election.

          Furthermore, Alex Sink ran away from the ACA – she did not campaign on it.

        • 90 hopefruit2
          March 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

          Hey Vickie, here’s a tidbit I wasn’t even aware of, and I’m glad someone pointed it out: This actually suggests that the district as House Reps go, is getting more Democratic, not less..

          • 91 dotster3
            March 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm

            But the thing that worries me is once again Dem leaning voters, who showed up to eke out a win for Obama there, did not show up in big enough numbers in this non-presidential election. I don’t know how to make it more clear to Dem voters that it is just as important to show up to vote in these elections as it is in presidential years. Vital.

            • 92 hopefruit2
              March 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

              The Presidential election is very different from congressional election. The congressional seat was LOST by the Democrat a whopping 15% in 2012, even when Dems supposedly turned up to vote for PBO to give him a 1% win over Romney in that district.

              Today’s election actually represents a net movement TOWARDS the Democrats – not the other way around. The media is trying to confuse people by talking only about PBO’s win in 2012, while not mentioning the Democrat’s loss of 15% in that SAME election!

          • 93 Vicki
            March 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

            Yes, HF. We lost a R seat in a R district.
            Fact still is as Dotster says below, we need enthusiastic D’s who can generate and encourage turnout.
            Sink talked about “bi-partisan and reaching across the aisle.”
            Corporate–Cuomo and Christie style and goals.

            If dems don’t see a meaningful difference between the parties it is easier to stay on the couch come Election day.

  30. March 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

  31. 95 criquet
    March 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm

  32. March 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

  33. March 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    • 99 COS
      March 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Hey Chips, I am glad that the Kochs are finally getting pushback; especially in ads with their sorry faces posted in the ads.

  34. March 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I love my President! He’s done so much for our country. HE SHOULDN’T HAVE TO GO TO THE GD GAP!!!

    • 101 Nerdy Wonka
      March 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Ummm…. “THE GD GAP” as you call it, raised wages for 65,000 workers in the United States after President Barack Obama challenged corporations, businesses, and companies to do right by their employees.

      His visiting the Gap is a good thing because it will hopefully encourage other businesses to do the same for their workers and it will stimulate the economy in that people will be interested in what he purchased, allowing the Gap to make more money which leads to the hiring of more people.

    • 103 dotster3
      March 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      President Obama always awards good behavior. Smart. I loved that he made Gap’s good behavior very clear today.

  35. 104 hopefruit2
    March 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Here’s an example of how the media tries to spread doom and gloom, while not giving you the facts…

  36. March 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    http://billmoyers.com/2014/03/11/report-on-cia-black-sites-and-torture-may-provoke-a-constitutional-crisis/ Joshua Holland

    Three national security reporters in McClatchy Newspapers’ DC office — Jonathan Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor — first reported the alleged snooping last week. BillMoyers.com caught up with Landay to get some background. Below is a transcript that has been lightly edited for clarity.

    Joshua Holland: What are the allegations here, and who is making them?

    Jonathan Landay: We’ve talked to people who have told us that staffers of the Senate Intelligence Committee determined that the computers they were using in a special CIA facility to review reports that were going into their study of the CIA’s now-defunct detention and interrogation program — that those computers were being monitored by the agency, in violation of an agreement that they had with the agency…

    when it became clear to the CIA that the committee was asking for documents that they shouldn’t have had. Then the CIA went back and checked logs of the computers in this special facility — which is where the allegation that they were monitoring these computers came from — and determined that the staff had removed documents from this facility that they shouldn’t have had.



    bottom line according to Landay

    the ability or the power of congressional overseers to oversee what is supposed to be a very clandestine, secretive agency involved in espionage.

    • March 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      I must say…We do not have a Congress worthy of Oversight….

      when you have dems who give into WR pressure and vote against the Presidents highly qualified nominee….when you have the GOP using a pattern of obstruction as a modus operandi….someone like Feinstein…creating a bruhal and distortions

      you just wonder if they are capable of handling things of such a grave nature….

  37. 107 globalcitizenlinda
    March 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    we are very lucky that PBO chose public service

  38. March 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks to hopefruit2 for the Alan Taffel tweet. He has some good ones.

  39. 110 susanne
    March 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    did you folks see this ‘behind the scenes’ story yet?

    ‘ I know traditionally you tape a lot for each “Between Two Ferns.” How much time did you really get with the president?
    This one is pretty much what you see, is what you get. We did our usual process of Zach and I talking about what we were going to shoot, and then just did it live as it happened.

    Did he pitch jokes?
    I don’t think the president has to pitch jokes, he just says jokes and we enjoy them.
    Now that the video is out there, have you read any comments from conservatives saying it demeans the presidency?
    I’ve seen some tweets about that kind of stuff. Like someone wrote like, “How does the president have time to do this?” And it’s like, how does anyone have time to do anything? The great part about it is, this president knows how to reach young people in a way that no other president has, and it’s very important that he reach young people with this issue. This is so much better and will attract so much more attention than him going on a Sunday morning show and talking about this issue when most people I know of this generation aren’t even up that early on a Sunday morning. The outrage about it is from a different generation, and the younger people really get it. ‘


  40. March 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you to hopefruit and dotster for your excellent thoughts and information!

  41. March 11, 2014 at 8:20 pm

  42. 114 Judith Fardig
    March 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I hope PBO had a chance to buy himself some nice slim-fit jeans. He would look terrific in them on vacation.

    • 115 carolyn
      March 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Check the picture of him on the phone with Putin a week and a half ago…..the one that got the right’s panties in a wad! He wore some, and looked so good the right lost its collective mind……what there is to lose!

      • 116 carolyn
        March 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        He hasn’t worn “mom” jeans in quite a while. Check the picture of him book shopping with Malia and Sasha last Thanksgiving…..
        Why…..do I, a 74 year old woman know these things??????

  43. March 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Seriously, Sink lost by 3400 votes. Ridiculous.

  44. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    March 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm

  45. 121 JER
    March 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    LIVE NOW: Construction site fire in San Francisco – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  46. 123 criquet
    March 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

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