Just a month shy of out of office, former President Barack Obama made his first public appearance in New York on Friday, drawing large, screaming crowds as he exited a building on Fifth Avenue, first reported by Business Insider.
With some type of hot beverage in hand, the 44th president exited the building with a smile and a friendly wave before he entered a vehicle heavily guarded by secret service officers.
It's not clear why Obama was in New York, and a representative for the president's foundation declined to comment. His public appearance followed a viral photo shared earlier this month that showed the president having a blast while kite surfing.
The Obamas released a video on Jan. 20th announcing that they would be focusing on building "a living working center for citizenship" after leaving office.
"More than a library or museum, it will be a living center for citizenship," Obama said. "That's why we want to hear from you. Tell us what you want this project to be and tell its what's on your mind."