Barack Obama was in Austin, Texas today, and stopped by world-renowned barbecue joint Franklin's. But the puppet currently occupying the White House is apparently not beholden to the unspoken but strictly enforced "no cutters" rule the rest of us live by (or should live by). "I know this is a long line. I feel real bad, but—I'm gonna cut," the pool of reporters heard him say, before he cut in line.
Line cutting is already a heinous violation of the social contract, but it is an especially egregious offense at Franklin's, where people literally wait hours (hours!) in a line that often trails down the street to eat their much-ballyhooed grilled meats.
He tried to make up for it by buying some people's food—an apparent charade to flaunt his line-cutting and wads of cash-having privilege. From the Austin American-Statesman:
When he arrived at the counter, Obama offered to pay for the order for the two people in front of him — Bruce Finstad of Houston and his daughter Faith of Austin. After they ordered three pounds of brisket, two pounds of ribs, and a half-pound each of turkey and sausage, Obama said, "How many folks are you guys feeding? Just kidding."The Franklin BBQ line regularly runs three, four, and even five hours long. Even Anthony Bourdain didn't skip the line. According to a tweet from KEYETV's Deeda Patton, owner Aaron Franklin believes the president was the first ever to cut the line. Ever.
President Obama ordered almost $300 in barbecue – not including the Finstad's order – and paid with a credit card, after shoving a wad of cash back into his pocket.
It's been my observation that folks in Texas take note of rude behavior. Certainly there were those the Austin's little corner of the internet who felt moved to offer some observations about Obama "exercising his executive power."
If Obama didn't have to wait in line for Franklin BBQ like everyone else, then I'm seriously pissed off. http://t.co/d604IWmOwz
— Robert Starr (@RobertKStarr) July 10, 2014
Ok traffic is one thing but skipping the line at Franklin BBQ? NO SIR OBAMA WAIT YOUR TURN
— Robbyn Smith (@Robbyn_Smith) July 10, 2014
No, no, no, President Obama. You wait in line for 3 hours at Franklin's BBQ like everyone else!
— Kelly (@MayorOfTV) July 10, 2014
If he could cut debt & spending like he cut that line… ;) MT @dougmillsnyt Obama…surprise visit to Franklin Barbecue pic.twitter.com/mWiR2QEBb8
— BrisketMan (@BrisketMan) July 10, 2014
If I was Obama I would pop up in Austin at Franklin's BBQ just to cut the line cuz I got it like that.
— DJ Albert PullHoes (@DJAudiTory) July 10, 2014
I hope he waited in that line with everyone else. RT @365ThingsAustin: Obama is at Franklin BBQ right now.
— The Screw (@Nuno__Oliveira) July 10, 2014
"@usdk1 : Obama drops over $300 at Franklin BBQ, passing over the ever-present line with apologies. Buys one family's meal. #priorities
— Anne (@AnneDK0426) July 10, 2014
apparently Obama skipped the line at Franklin's BBQ today. DICK move, bro!
— Ben (@BensWJ) July 10, 2014