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Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now

The former president is spending time in the Big Apple.
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Fresh off a getaway to the Virgin Islands, where he learned to kitesurf with billionaire Richard Branson, Barack Obama drew quite a crowd when he turned up in Manhattan last night and earlier today.

The former president spent last night dining with his eldest daughter Malia at Emilio's Ballato, an old-school red-sauce joint in the Nolita district that's popular with musicians and other celebrities.

Malia is currently on a gap year before she starts college at Harvard in the fall, and her recent activities include a glitzy trip to Aspen and an ongoing internship with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The ex-president really made a splash around midday today, though, as he left a building in the Flatiron district holding a Starbucks cup. (Click play on the videos below to see that moment.)

A reported crowd of about 200 gathered on the block to witness Obama's exit from what TMZ reports is a building that houses Simons Foundation run by James Simons and his wife, Marilyn, who "are big-time philanthropists who reportedly donated around $700,000 earmarked" for Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

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A team of Secret Service agents stood guard as Casual Friday Obama (he forwent a tie) made his way to a waiting SUV and drove away, presumably bound for Gramercy Tavern, where the former president stopped for lunch and posed with the staff for a photo. (The restaurant's executive chef and his partner, Michael Anthony, posted the picture on Instagram with a #proud hashtag.)

Thrilled to welcome President @barackobama @gramercytavern today. #proud #barackobama

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He drew quite a crowd there, too.

Obama up in huurrrr ????????

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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