New York, NY, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday shopped for clothes at a Gap store in Manhattan in a gesture of thanks to the fashion retailer’s decision to raise the minimum wage of its workers.
Obama bought a gray and white striped sweater and a bright coral sweater for her daughters, Sasha and Malia, plus a blue workout jacket for wife and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Gap outlet on 42nd Street. A store clerk offered Obama to sign up for a Gap card to get a discount, but he declined.
After shopping, Obama congratulated Gap “for doing the right thing” in raising the minimum hourly pay of its workers this year to $9 and to $10 next year.
“It’s not only good for them and their families, it’s also good for the entire economy,” the President said, referring to Gap employees.
The Obama and fellow Democrats had called for businesses to raise the country’s minimum wage to $10.10 as Republicans and business and labor groups opposed a legislated wage increase.
The shopping trip in Manhattan came before Obama was to attend two Democratic party fundraisers in New York City. A Democratic National Committee fundraiser will be held at the private home of Alan Patricof, the founder of a successful New York venture capital fund. Patricof also raised money for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.
Supporters attending the fundraiser will pay $32,500 each, according to Washington Times.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will also have its own fundraiser at another private home.