After his speech in Austin, TX yesterday, President Barack Obama decided to hop on over to Franklin BBQ, a barbecue pit widely regarded by many as the best in Texas (and perhaps America). But the thing with Franklin BBQ is that their wait is long — as in, sometimes it takes five hours to get into the restaurant — and Obama got to skip it, because he’s the president and he can do that. (“I feel real bad, but – I’m gonna cut,” he told patrons.) According to owner Aaron Franklin, Obama was probably the first person to ever cut the line.
But the line is sacred: no one ever ever cuts, ever, and Eater Austin points out that even food demigod Anthony Bourdain waited three hours to get in when he taped his show there.
Soooo, yeah, people are foodie-outraged:
apparently Obama skipped the line at Franklin's BBQ today. DICK move, bro!
— Ben (@BensWJ) 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
Obama cut in line for POTUS, why wouldn't he cut in line for BBQ? http://t.co/itKKxcwuie
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) July 11, 2014
— BrisketMan (@BrisketMan) July 10, 2014
— Jacob Taylor (@jdtTX) July 10, 2014
At least he did this:
— Anne (@AnneDK0426) July 10, 2014
Pool reports indicated that Obama said he was “exercising his executive power,” which should give the Republicans one more thing to grumble about. (Insert barbecue overreach joke here.)
Per pool, Obama is exercising his executive power to not have to wait 19 hours in line at Franklin BBQ in Austin like the rest of us would
— Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) July 10, 2014
[h/t Eater Austin]
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