EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama enjoys a weekend break with her girl friends at luxury New York City hotel before heading to Broadway show A Strange Loop
- Former first lady Michelle Obama visited Manhattan on Friday and Saturday flanked by security detail
- She was staying with a group of girlfriends at the Pierre Hotel opposite Central Park
- Obama was then seen enjoying a Broadway show as she watched Saturday’s matinee of A Strange Loop
Mrs Obama was seen coming out of one of the city’s most opulent hotels, The Pierre, situated across the street from Central Park.
Unlike tourists who visit the Big Apple, Obama will have had a unique perspective of her time in the city being flanked by her Secret Service detail and escorted with the help NYPD police officers in convoy.
On Saturday afternoon, Michelle and her friends took the time to see a Broadway show at the Lyceum Theatre.
Former first lady Michelle Obama visited Manhattan on Friday and Saturday
Mrs Obama could be seen leaving the luxurious Pierre Hotel located across the street from Central Park
Obama could be seen dressed in a grey pantsuit with matching vest
On Saturday afternoon Obama took the time to see a Broadway show. Her security are seen opening her door
Obama went to see a show along the Great White Way on Saturday afternoon
A number of Mrs Obama’s girlfriends joined her in the SUV that was transporting the group about the city
The convoy had secret service details together with an escort from the NYPD
Obama could be seen wearing a face mask upon exiting the Broadway show on Saturday afternoon
The group took the time to watch a matinee performance of A Strange Loop.
The new musical which opened earlier this year is about a black gay man attempting to write a musical about a black gay man and is widely expected to win Best New Musical at Sunday night’s Tony Awards.
The Lyceum is one of the smallest Broadway theaters but the crowds were not an issue for the Obama party who managed to slip out of a side exit in front of the waiting fans.
The convoy then made its way out of New York City and out onto the FDR highway which runs along the east side of Manhattan.
Obama was voted as the top most admired woman in YouGov’s global survey three years in a row, most recently winning the number one spot in December 2021.
Obama could be seen dressed head-to-toe in blak with relaxed fitting pants and a black cardigan
Obama’s convoy could be seen parked up outside of A Strange Loop, widely tipped to win big at Sunday’s Tony Awards
And while Obama has publicly dismissed the idea of running for her husband’s old job, a Hill-HarrisX poll earlier this year placed her high on the list of potential candidates in 2024 should Biden choose not to run.
The president, who’s so far said he’s running for re-election, would be 81 years old at the start of his second term.
The late November 2021 survey found Obama second in a list of likely Democrat candidates, just behind Vice President Kamala Harris.
Obama has long been admired by Democrats and even Independents, and would have immediate name recognition should she cast a 2024 bid.
Obama famously said during a leadership conference in Boston in 2018 that to run for president, ‘my sense is that, first of all, you have to want the job.’
She went even further to say that she ‘never had the passion for politics,’ adding: ‘I just happened to be married to somebody who has the passion for politics, and he drug me kicking and screaming into the arena.’
Security was seen surrounding Mrs Obama as she made her way into her waiting SUV
No matter the outfit, Mrs Obama looked particularly elegant even in the most casual of outfits
Some of Obama’s friends could be seen getting back into their SUV. One was carrying a drink she had purchased inside
But despite her claimed distaste for running for office, Obama has waded into the political arena several times — to a warm reception.
Obama was seen as a key asset for her husband’s successful 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, including a highly praised speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
She also delivered an impassioned speech endorsing Biden in 2020, claiming he was the only one who could ‘put an end to this chaos’ of the Trump administration.
Most recently, Obama waded into November’s midterm elections, throwing her weighty influence and her group When We All Vote behind an effort to register 1 million new people for the ballot box this year.
In late December, a potential Obama 2024 campaign got backing from an unlikely ally — podcast host Joe Rogan.
‘She’s great, she’s articulate, she’s intelligent, she’s the wife of the best president that we have had in our lifetime,’ Rogan said. ‘She can win.’