Obama's Starbucks Run: 'The Bear Is Loose!'
Barack Obama leaves the White House to take a rare stroll to a nearby Starbucks.
The president left without the travelling White House press pool, and photographers scrambled to catch up to him.
As he left the White House on Monday afternoon he joked: "The bear is loose!"
Mr Obama, accompanied by his chief of staff Denis McDonough, shook the hands of stunned bystanders outside Starbucks, smiling and waving.
He said he was drinking tea instead of coffee and made his way back to the White House.
It is Mr Obama's second foray recently from the presidential mansion. Last month he stunned sightseers by opting to walk to the Department of the Interior, a couple of blocks away.