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President Obama Praises Hairstyle of Bill de Blasio's Son, Dante

The president said "my Afro was never that good"



    Barack Obama, in 1978, at left, and Dante de Blasio, in 2013, at right

    President Barack Obama praised the teenage son of Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio for his notorious hairstyle at a New York City fundraiser, recalling he had once sported the same look.

    Obama spoke to a crowd of about 250 people at the Waldorf-Astoria event Tuesday night to raise money for the Democratic National Committee.

    He introduced the elder de Blasio and pointed out the mayoral candidate's son, Dante, saying he has "the same hairdo I had back in 1978."

    The crowd laughed and applauded, and the president went on.

    "Although I have to confess, my Afro was never that good," Obama said. "It was a little unbalanced."

    Dante de Blasio's hair has become an element of his father's campaign, and even has its own hashtag, #GoWithTheFro.

    Obama endorsed de Blasio earlier this week.