Obama and Cuomo’s joint appearance should work out well for both of them

Briefing: Clinton. (State Dept., via flickr)
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Tomorrow's visit to upstate New York by President Barack Obama is ostensibly about the new nanotechnology sector taking root in the Capital Region. But most the stories will probably not be about that, as the Associated Press illustrated today.

Obama will be standing next to the most popular Democratic governor in the country, whose newly announced plans to write a book about how to govern will only stoke more speculation about his own White House ambitions.

And this is all taking place not just during the early stages of the 2012 general election, but also during a renaissance for another popular New York Democrat with possible White House ambitions: Hillary Clinton, who still hopes to see a woman elected president "in my lifetime."

2012

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Howard Wolfson defends Obama's campaign slogan: "You don't have to say backwards. If you say forward, people will get what you mean." [Alex Wagner]

By visiting upstate New York, Obama may get a boost from Cuomo's popularity, even as Cuomo gets to be seen as presidential "without talking about it himself." [Associated Press]

Cuomo is looking forward to seeing Obama. [John Eligon]

2013

Notable donors and operatives helping Dan Garodnick raise money are Dennis Mehiel, Dick Ravitch, Brice Peyre, Evan Thies, and Harrison LeFrak. [Dan Garodnick]

2016

Hillary Clinton said she wants to see a woman elected president "in my lifetime." [NDtv]

The book Cuomo is writing is "slated for release in 2014, one year before the next Democratic presidential primary." [Justin Sink]

Cuomo's first book was a sleeper. [Garth Johnston]

Senate

"Westchester County is not racist; it's expensive," said Rep. Bob Turner, who called on Obama to "call off the dogs" in forcing a new housing plan there. [Alison Gendar]

George Maragos said the "dogs" comment problematic because it was "injecting potentially racially divisive language." [David Freedlander]

Albany

Transgender anti-discrimination legislation is the next fight in Albany. [Associated Press]

Cuomo "went out of his way tonight not to be seen," an upstate news anchor said of the governor during a fund-raiser last week in Buffalo. Rep. Brian Higgins said, "The money aspect of this is obnoxious. It's demeaning." [WIVBtv]

City Hall

The country's largest bike-share program will start here in July, thanks to $41 million from Citigroup. [Henry Goldman]

Media

Dick Brennan shifts from Fox 5 to CBS. [Jerry Barmash]

Images

An animated anti-Quinn video. [Rejection2013Quinn]

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Actor James Franco and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer at P.S.1 for Franco's book release party. [Jimmy Van Bramer]

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Howard Wolfson defends Obama's 2012 campaign slogan. [Alex Wagner]