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(NEW YORK) — Apparently even President Obama knows that New York City is a great place to shop.

During a trip to the Big Apple on Tuesday, the president made a surprise stop at the Gap.

“I’m here at the Gap because it never hurts to bring something back home — I get points,” Obama joked.

Obama checked out some khakis and sweatshirts. A cheery saleswoman talked him through a few options, including a V-neck pink sweater.

Obama said he was worried the V-neck “would slip” off his daughter’s shoulders.

He ultimately settled on a light pink crewneck for Sasha and a bright pink one for Malia.

A White House official explained the president’s impromptu stop: “In his State of the Union address, the President called for businesses to raise workers’ wages, and today the President will visit a Gap store to show his support for Gap Inc.’s decision to increase wages for their US based employees.”

During his visit to the store, Obama also picked out something for the first lady.

“Maybe I should get her some socks,” the president joked.

He ultimately picked out a navy blue zip-up workout shirt.

The president then greeted the woman behind the counter, who told him he was better-looking in person.

“You hear that?” the president said to reporters.

“I think the ladies would be impressed with my style sense,” the president said as his items were rung up.

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