Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance Saturday night at the Inner Circle charity event in New York City, where she joked about her notorious MetroCard difficulties in the city's subway. She also gave mayor Bill de Blasio a ribbing about his delay in endorsing her Democratic presidential bid.
The Inner Circle is a parody group consisting of local journalists who poke fun at City Hall. Elected officials, in turn, poke fun at the local media. This year, the journalists performed a production of "Shamilton," a nod to the popular Broadway production "Hamilton."
Toward the end of the evening, Clinton joined de Blasio and "Hamilton" actor Leslie Odom on stage during a skit at the event, which took place at the New York Hilton Midtown.
“Do me a favor,” Clinton said to de Blasio. “Will you just fix these MetroCard slots? It took me like five swipes.”
“The little terminal thing kept saying please swipe again,” she continued, a reference to her April 7 trip on the No. 4 train in the Bronx, when she failed to glide through the turnstile. "I mean you’ve got to fix that. You don't have to worry about horses anymore. Fix the turnstile and the MetroCard."
During the skit, Clinton also jabbed de Blasio for his delayed endorsement. “Thanks for the endorsement Bill -- it took you long enough,” she said. de Blasio endorsed Clinton for president on October 30, 2015.
She also told de Blasio that he is her “second favorite guy named Bill,” an obvious nod to her husband of the same name.
And, before leaving the stage, Clinton said, “And please, can somebody please get me tickets to 'Hamilton?'”
Clinton did attend a performance of "Hamilton" in February, when it was an off-Broadway production at The Public Theater in Manhattan's East Village. It has since moved to the Richard Rodgers Theater in midtown Manhattan.