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“Whether it’s ensuring pre-kindergarten is available for every four-year old, expanding after-school programs for every middle school student who wants and needs them, making affordable housing available for more New York families and preserving community hospitals, Bill’s agenda for New York is marked by bold, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time,” Obama said in a statement obtained by the New York Observer.

The endorsement comes as the president and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaAmericans should get used to pop culture blending with politics Michelle responds to Barack with her own Valentine's tweet Obamas' former Harvard law professor: Michelle should have been president MORE travel to New York on Monday for the United Nations General Assembly. While in the city, the president will also attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, as well as an event touting his healthcare reform law with former President Clinton. 

Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPoll: Clinton voters like award show speeches, Trump voters find them too political Protester at GOP rep town hall: You wasted a lot of money investigating Benghazi, waste a little on Trump Federal judge denies watchdog's request to disclose State Dept. records on Clinton’s emails MORE, endorsed de Blasio last week.