Barack Obama spotted outside New York Starbucks, welcomed by cheering crowd.


NEW YORK — New Yorkers are supposed to be cool when a celebrity in their midst, but Manhattan had no chill Friday when former President Obama was spotted outside a downtown Starbucks.

Mr. Obama, whose most recent headlines have been about kitesurfing with Richard Branson, was spotted leaving 160 5th Ave. Friday around noon, with a cup of coffee in his hand.

Allan Smith of Business Insider captured video of Mr. Obama walking from the building to an SUV. Twitter users, meanwhile, captured some of the mania outside.