Look about below, New York City commuters, there’s incoming. President Obama is parachuting in during the afternoon commute to lighten the wallets of as many New Yorkers as he can while stymying the rest of them in traffic.
Air Force One is scheduled to land at JFK airport in Queens at 4:35 pm – just as rush hour gets underway – and then race into town for a three-fundraiser romp through Manhattan.
Bill Clinton – who just last week went off message by saying Mitt Romney had had a “sterling business career” at Bain Capital – will co-host each of the events.
Rain is predicted for this afternoon in the city, and that along with the presidential duo’s road trip is expected bring traffic to a complete standstill.
After landing, Obama will be whisked to an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for the first fundraiser, where tickets reportedly cost $40,000 apiece.
Then it’s off to Midtown for an event at the Waldorf Astoria where Jon Bon Jovi will perform. The final bash, billed as “Barack On Broadway,” will feature performances by a gaggle of stars at the New Amsterdam Theater.
Obama returns to Washington in the evening, but he’ll be back next week for another East Coast Hollywood fundraiser at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker.