Barack Obama Crowd-Pleaser in Big Apple

2/24/2017 10:07 AM PST

Former President Barack Obama just made a splash in New York City, drawing big crowds after apparently meeting with a foundation that has a connection to the planned Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

Obama was at a building where the Simons Foundation is headquartered. James Simons and his wife, Marilyn, are big-time philanthropists who reportedly donated around $700,000 earmarked for the Library.

Check out the security in the video ... there is a phalanx of Secret Service surrounding the former prez in multiple vehicles, as the crowd hailed the former chief.