Beyoncé and Jay-Z took time away from their busy careers and parenting duties for a quick date night in New York City and President Obama called the couple “down to earth” in a recent interview. The power couple grabbed a bite to eat from Giorgio Ristorante, a popular Italian restaurant in the city. The couple has been pretty busy lately thanks to Jay’s recent weeklong stint at the Barclays Center and campaigning for President Obama’s reelection. Their efforts seem to have left a mark on the president, who considers them close friends.
“I’ve gotten to know these guys over the last several years,” he said during an interview with Cleveland’s Z107.9 radio show on Thursday. “They’re good people. They’re down to earth. Beyoncé could not be sweeter to Michelle and the girls. So they’re good friends. They’re really down-to-earth folks. We talk about the same things I talk about with all my friends.”
President Obama also shared that he gives the new parents advice about raising their daughter. “They just had a new baby and they’ve got a new daughter. And I made sure that Jay-Z was helping Beyoncé out [with the baby], and not leaving it all to mom and the mother-in-law,” he continued. Beyoncé and Jay-Z have been vocal Obama supporters for years and they have been very visible on the campaign trail this year. “They were supporters back in ’08,” said President Obama. “Beyoncé sang at our inauguration and Jay-Z did a bunch of get out the vote concerts….We’ve had them down to the White House.”
They recently hosted a pricy $40,000-a head fundraiser at the 40/40 club. Jay-Z has been urging people to vote for Obama at his concerts and Beyoncé has appeared in campaign videos and sent emails to potential supporters and donors.
“He has the story that I can tell my daughter [Blue Ivy] because it shows no matter where you start out, you can work hard and can do whatever you put your mind to,” she said in a recent PSA. “It’s not just about supporting the President because I want to see him reelected. I’m standing up for the future of my daughter—the future I want her to see.”