Thursday, July 10, 2014

Obama -- The Imperial Eater

Via Gawker:

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."

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.
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.

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."

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