NY’s Bloomberg (Heart) Obama?

By Ed O'Keefe

Mar 27, 2008 12:22pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Picking up tab at breakfast goes a long way, but will it be enough to impress the billionaire Mayor of New York City? Senator Barack Obama hopes so.

"As you know, I have not endorsed a candidate for president," Mayor Michael Bloomberg, I-New York City, teased when introducing Obama, D-Ill., to deliver an economic address at Cooper Union, site of then-presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln’s famous 1860 anti-slavery address

"But I have been clear in my hope that all the candidates explain in great deal how they would handle the challenges of the country."

Bloomberg, after deciding not to run in his own presidential bid, said recently that he is looking at all the candidates as he decides where to throw his support.

The mayor jokingly reminded the New York crowd that Obama "picked up the check when we had breakfast together."

Watch the VIDEO HERE.

The political pair had breakfast at the New York Luncheonette, a diner in midtown Manhattan on December 1, 2007. Wisely, Obama picked up the $17.34 check and left a $10 tip.

At Cooper Union four months later, Obama called Bloomberg a "cheap date" and hinted that the he had a little more on his mind than just breakfast when eating with the Mayor.

"I have to tell you that the reason I bought breakfast is because I expect payback in something more expensive. . . I’m no dummy," joked Obama. "The mayor was a cheap date that morning and I figured there are some good steakhouses here in New York."

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