NBC News – 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.

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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.”

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