Former President Barack Obama enjoyed a night on the town in the Big Apple, savoring five-star Italian cuisine and watching a Broadway show.
Obama left his New York hotel on Wednesday donning a sleek all-black ensemble and a friendly smile as he ventured out for his night of entertainment.
The Democrat made his first stop at the New World Stages theater on W. 49th Street, where he visited for about an hour. The performance hall hosts several shows, but it’s currently home to Americano, a musical about dreamers that would probably appeal to the liberal president the most.
He was then escorted by his Secret Service and NYPD detail to Portale, an Italian restaurant in Chelsea, where he dined in a private room on the upper level of the establishment with several guests.
He stayed at the restaurant, where a meal will easily cost $50 to $100 per person without alcohol, for three hours before returning to his hotel, a photographer recalled to DailyMail.com.
Obama’s fun night comes just a day after he condemned the Texas elementary school massacre that left 21 people dead and called on lawmakers to take action and reform gun control.
Former President Barack Obama enjoyed a night on the town in the Big Apple, tucking into five-star Italian cuisine and watching a Broadway show
Obama left his New York hotel on Wednesday donning a sleek all-black ensemble and a friendly smile as he ventured out for his night of entertainment
He was escorted by his Secret Service detail and the NYPD
The Democrat made his first stop at the New World Stages theater on W. 49th Street, where he visited for about an hour
He then goes to Portale, an Italian restaurant in Chelsea, where he dines in a private room on the upper level of the establishment with several guests.
Little is known about the nature of Obama’s Wednesday festivities, but photographs reveal he was not trying to turn away from the camera.
Sporting a smile, Obama waved to onlookers as we walked through the streets of Manhattan.
In some images, he seemed to be engaged in a conversation with his security guard.
Spotted in front of his hotel, the theater and the restaurant, Obama seemed generally satisfied with his career.
While we don’t know precisely who he dined with on Wednesday, it’s safe to assume he was deep in conversation with his guests as he stayed in Portale for three hours.
It’s also unclear whether his commitment to eating was social or professional. The former president was seen carrying a tablet and a handful of documents throughout the evening.
Obama is seen smiling and seemingly engaged in conversation with members of his security detail in New York on Wednesday
Obama waves to onlookers during his adventure in New York on Wednesday
Obama sports a solemn expression in a photo taken during his outing in New York on Wednesday
His excursion came just a day after 19 children and two teachers were killed by a gun-toting teenager at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Obama was one of many national leaders to express angst and rally for gun reform after the attack.
The 44th president, taking to Twitter after the shooting, said he and former First Lady Michelle Obama were “mourning with the families of Uvalde who are experiencing pain no one should have to bear.”
“Across the country, parents are putting their kids to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies – and in the back of their minds they worry about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school or pick them up. taken to a grocery store or other public space,” he wrote.
He then recalled the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which happened while he was in office.
Obama said: “Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook – and ten days after Buffalo – our country is crippled, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and political party that has shown no will to take action in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.
The statement concluded: “It is high time for action, of any type of action. And it’s another tragedy, calmer but no less tragic, for the families who wait one more day. May God bless the memory of the victims and, according to the words of scripture, heal the broken hearts and heal their wounds.
Little is known about Obama’s Wednesday night festivities, but photographs reveal he wasn’t trying to run away from the camera
Obama’s security detail is pictured in Manhattan on Wednesday
Obama stopped at the New World Stages theater on W. 49th Street, where he toured for about an hour. The performance hall hosts several shows, but is currently home to Americano, a musical about dreamers that would appeal to the liberal president
He then dined at the Portale restaurant in Chelsea for three hours before returning to his hotel
He reportedly dined in a private room on the upper level of the establishment with several guests
His trip to New York came just a day after he and his wife, Michelle Obama, released a statement about the Texas elementary school massacre.
Obama is seen walking in Manhattan on Wednesday
The former president also made headlines last week after his charity, the Obama Foundation, received a $100 million donation from AirBnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky.
The donation is to fund the Voyager Scholarship, for students pursuing a career in public service.
The award will award $50,000 to emerging juniors to cover tuition over two years, as well as a $10,000 grant and Airbnb credit to fund a student-designed summer experience.
Scholars will also receive an Airbnb credit worth $2,000 per year for 10 years after graduation, in addition to Chesky’s donation.
Chesky’s donation is the largest the Obama Foundation has received, tied with a $100 million gift from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in November.
The Obama Foundation also recently funded community organizations working to close opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color as well as fund girls’ education, according to its 2020 tax filings.
Obama is apparently conversing with a woman dressed in pink
Obama walks through Manhattan on Wednesday alongside his security detail with a tablet in hand
Obama is seen smiling while holding a stack of papers
Obama is pictured with his security detail in New York on Wednesday