What does a national leader do during his downtime? Catch a Broadway play, of course. The First Couple’s recent date night in New York City has been the talk of the town. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama enjoyed a viewing of the Tony-nominated revival of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Belasco Theatre in Manhattan on May 30. Since their visit ticket sales for the show have tripled, according to the New York Daily News. “I was very honored the President took a date night with his wife and chose to see our play,” said leading actor Ernie Hudson to the New York Post. “We were all very honored.”

But some critics aren’t so happy. The First Couple’s night out cost taxpayers $24,000 in transportation, according to the Post.—QS

How do you feel about the presidential perks?