Barack Obama receives standing ovation as he enjoys lunch with Bono in New York

Anna Schaverien
Barack and Michelle Obama received a standing ovation as they met with U2’s lead singer Bono in New York

Barack and Michelle Obama drew a crowd once again as they met with U2’s lead singer Bono in New York on Friday for lunch.

Diners in Upland restaurant on Park Avenue took pictures of the former US president and his wife as they sat down with the Irish rock band singer and his 27-year-old tech entrepreneur daughter, Jordan Hewson.  

One of the California-inspired restaurant’s patrons was caught on video shouting “We love you Obama!”, and the whole restaurant stood up and applauded the couple as they left, according to People magazine.

Mr Obama received a similar reaction on an outing in the Big Apple last month, attracting a crowd of hundreds as he entered an office building in Manhattan.

Barack and Michelle’s eldest daughter is currently living in New York while interning at The Weinstein Company. The 18-year-old is due to start at Harvard University this autumn.

This was not the first time that Barack Obama and the activist musician had met - official White House photographer Pete Souza recently shared a snapshot of Bono serenading Mr Obama on a visit there in 2011.

Mrs Obama and her daughters also had lunch with Bono in 2013 during the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.

It seems that Mr Obama has been enjoying his time out of the political limelight. Billionaire Virgin businessman Richard Branson shared a video of Mr Obama kitesurfing on holiday in the British Virgin Islands.

Michelle Obama has also been busy this week: aside from the trip to New York, she also surprised a group of schoolgirls at Washington DC’s Cardozo High School for International Women’s Day.

During her husband’s time in office, Mrs Obama supported various education programmes and set up the Let Girls learn initiative which advocates for girls around the world to have access to education.