After the presidential campaign has been focusing on female reproductive rights and other women's issues, President Barack Obama is coming to the city Monday to deliver the commencement address at all-female Barnard College and attend two high-profile fundraisers.
Arriving in the city late Monday morning, the president is slated to deliver the commencement address before 600 Barnard graduates at 1 p.m.
Obama called Barnard President Debora Spar on February 29 and requested to speak at the commencement.
NY1 will carry the president's commencement address live from Barnard College, starting at about 1 p.m. Monday.
The original scheduled speaker, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, agreed to step aside to allow the president to headline the event.
While both Democrats and Republicans have recently debated on the campaign trail a women's right to choose and issues concerning working women, one of the scheduled student speakers at the commencement, Jessica Blank, told NY1 she hoped the president would also address the economy in his speech.
"You can't not talk about jobs. I think it's going to be interesting to see the balance I'm talking about, women's issues and jobs. I think they're both going to be prominently featured in his speech," said Blank. "But I think that coming to Barnard is a little bit different than whatever other colleges the president has spoken at in the past about jobs, because of this issue of women's leadership, and it's such a focus at Barnard, especially during the last four years."
The president is expected to receive a medal of distinction at the commencement.
Obama graduated from neighboring Columbia University's undergraduate college in 1983.
After the commencement, Obama is heading to the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea for a $5,000-a-ticket fundraiser co-hosted by the LGBT Leadership Council and openly gay singer Ricky Martin.
The president will also attend a private, $35,800-a-plate fundraising dinner featuring the cooking of Manhattan chef Vikas Khanna before heading back to the White House.
While in the city, Obama will tape an interview with the TV show "The View." It will be his fourth appearance on the show, and his second as president.
With the president in town, one can expect traffic tie-ups around the city. For 24-hour traffic updates, watch Time Warner Cable channel 104 or visit www.ny1.com/traffic.