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Obama Stops at NYC Gap, Buys Sweaters

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    President Barack Obama, with the help of store employee Susan Panariello, shops for sweaters at GAP clothing store in Manhattan during his unannounced visit, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

    President Obama stopped at a Gap store in Manhattan Tuesday, purchasing sweaters for his daughters and a workout top for his wife, in a show of support for the chain's decision to raise wages for U.S. employees. 

    The Gap has committed to raising wages to a minimum of $10 an hour by next year. Obama wants Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, but lawmakers have resisted.

    At the store, Obama perused khakis and sweatshirts before a saleswoman talked him through some options for his girls.

    He held up a pink v-neck, but the president said he was concerned the v-neck would slip off his daughter's shoulders. He ended up settling on a light pink crewneck for Sasha and a bright pink one for Malia.

    For the first lady, he picked out a navy blue zip-up workout shirt.

    "I think the ladies will be impressed with my style sense," he said as he paid and pretended not to know how to use the credit card machine.
    "I'm only kidding," he told reporters. "It hasn't been that long since I bought something."
    Obama, who was in New York for Democratic fundraisers, said he's "continuing to push Congress to boost minimum wage."
    "Congrats to the Gap, and I am very pleased with my sweaters," Obama said.