At Franklin BBQ in Austin, where the hours of operation are quaintly listed as “11 a.m. — sold out,” the hankering and the hungry wait in line for hours for the famous brisket, pulled pork and ribs.
And, while you can pay someone to stand in line for you, there’s a strict no-cutting rule.
Unless you’re the President and are accompanied by armed agents.
Skipping to the front of the line on Thursday to get takeout for Air Force One’s return flight to Washington, D.C., Obama apologized to Bruce Finstad of Houston, who’d just reached the counter with his daughter, Faith, and then insisted on paying for their meal.
The Finstads, with two other family members waiting at a table, proceeded to order three pounds of beef, two pounds of ribs, a half-pound of sausage and a half-pound of turkey.
“Hold on,” Obama said, leaning in close to Bruce Finstad. “How many folks are y’all feedin’?”
With the total bill topping $300, Obama had to bum a credit card off White House trip director Marvin Nicholson — after jokingly questioning if Nicholson’s credit was good.
“No one’s ever just skipped line and gone right up to the counter and ordered food, but if it’s okay for someone to do it, it’s him,” owner Aaron Franklin told Eater Austin, adding that “it didn’t seem to piss anybody off.” These tweets may say otherwise:
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
Maybe Perry and Obama met the other day to discuss the impending pardon that would be necessary for Obama to cut a BBQ line in Texas. — BrisketMan (@BrisketMan) July 10, 2014