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By Eun Kyung Kim

In town to headline a pair of Democratic fundraisers, President Obama stopped by a Gap store in New York City to pick up some gifts to bring back home while also commending the clothing chain for increasing its minimum wage.

The president told a sales associate in the nearly empty store that he was shopping for his wife and two daughters when he made the unannounced stop Tuesday afternoon.

President Obama examines a shirt he considers buying while visiting a Gap store Tuesday in New York.SAUL LOEB / Today

After a quick scan of the options, Obama settled on a stack of sweaters. The employee recommended a V-neck, but the president was concerned.

For one daughter, Obama bought the Luxlight cardigan in rose bush, $44.95, according to Gap. Today
For another daughter, he picked up the Luxlight cardigan in pink cameo, $44.95. Today

“I’m worried the V-neck is going to slip,” he said, ultimately settling on a pink sweater for one daughter and a bright coral one for the other.

And for Mrs. Obama, the GapFit train jacket in blue shade, $64.95.Today

For the first lady, the president picked out a blue workout jacket.

"I think the ladies will be impressed by my style sense," Obama said.

The president gets some shopping help from Gap employee Susan Panariello.SAUL LOEB / Today

As employee Sonia Del Gatto rang him up at the register, she told the president he was better looking in person. Obama laughed and had her “say that a little louder.”

Obama then had fun with the press pool traveling with him as he took out his credit card.

The president shakes hands with cashier Sonia Del Gatto, who told him he was better looking in person.LARRY DOWNING / Today

"Oh wow. So, you can sign the machine?" he said. As reporters started scribbling notes, he quickly told them: "I’m just teasing everybody. They had these around the last time I shopped."

After paying for his purchases, the president spoke about the importance of raising the minimum wage and praised Gap for taking the initiative to bump up employees' salaries.

"It's not only good for them and their families, it's also good for the entire economy," he said. "I want to congratulate the Gap for doing the right thing."

Obama is seeking a nationwide hike in the minimum wage, from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.