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2014/07/11 11:11:21 (permalink)

It's Nice to be President!

Martha's Vineyard and Hawaii are one thing, but now that the President gets to cut the line at Franklin's I'm really jealous!
 
 
 
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 11:21:25 (permalink)
Why would he wait in line? He's better than the rest of us.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 11:26:51 (permalink)
Nobu Matsuhisa got to skip the line as well.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 11:44:19 (permalink)
I'm almost 64, and  remember all presidents since Truman. (I was alive for Truman, but only remember him as a retired president). Like him (her?) or not, I'm glad to see them get out and about. I don't resent the line cutting, the Secret Service for family, or the vacations that cost taxpayers millions. I'm glad, though, that their shelf life is a max of 8 years. 
 
 
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 11:44:57 (permalink)
MJ,
 
I hadn't heard about the President going to Franklin's, but when I saw your headline I knew what it was going to be about.
 
Did he pay for his meal? LMAOROTF - Now that's funny.
 
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 12:13:40 (permalink)
He paid for his meal and for other people in line.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 12:18:52 (permalink)
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MJ,
 
I hadn't heard about the President going to Franklin's, but when I saw your headline I knew what it was going to be about.
 
Did he pay for his meal? LMAOROTF - Now that's funny.
 
Jim


The news I heard was that he bought $300 worth of ribs. 
 
Hope he also tried the brisket with some cappuccino sauce.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 13:36:51 (permalink)
Twinwillow
Nobu Matsuhisa got to skip the line as well.


Franklin also reveals that "no one's ever just skipped the line and gone right up to the counter and ordered food."
 
Hmmmmm, cutting in line under threat of armed force. I'll try that when I'm in Austin.
post edited by JRPfeff - 2014/07/11 13:38:44
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 14:16:59 (permalink)
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Twinwillow
Nobu Matsuhisa got to skip the line as well.


Franklin also reveals that "no one's ever just skipped the line and gone right up to the counter and ordered food."
 



I may be jealous, but am certainly not resentful. 
He is, after all, the President; the security issue alone makes it wholly appropriate for him to 'cut the line', to say nothing about the opportunity cost of his time.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 15:36:29 (permalink)
Did his wife approve of the meal he had?
 
I'm glad he picked up the tab for the folks he cut in front of.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 16:03:57 (permalink)
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Did his wife approve of the meal he had?
 
I'm glad he picked up the tab for the folks he cut in front of.


What about the dozen or so folks at the end of the line who waited 4 hours and then were not served because one person decided to cut the line and piggishly order enough food for an army? I didn't read how they were accommodated in the article.
 
Going to Franklin's is like going to Hot Doug's, you know there will be a wait and you make your plans for it. The staff at Franklin's is also known to inform people in line that they are likely to run out of food before they can be served. Some given the go ahead to wait were cut off the end at the last minute.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 16:54:25 (permalink)
It doesn't sound to me like either of the two people in line behind the President didn't get their food.  So I don't know what your last sentence is referring to, JRPfeff.
 
From the Huffington Post:
That village includes the two people Obama jumped in line. They put "three pounds of beef, two pounds of ribs, a half-pound of sausage and a half-pound of turkey" on the president's tab, reports the Houston Chronicle. After hearing their order, Obama joked, "Now hold on. How many folks are you guys feeding? Just kidding."
Per Austin360, Obama ended up paying around $300 for his own order, and an undisclosed amount more to cover the people he cut in line.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 16:56:09 (permalink)
Is Franklin's close to the border?
OH, I guess not.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 16:58:08 (permalink)
Bullcrap. If it was just 2 people why did he need to cut in line? That is a stupid statement.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:00:31 (permalink)
JRPfeff:  The moderators are going to come in and lock this thread pretty soon, I expect.
 
I quoted the Huffington Post as saying he "cut in front of" two people.  I would like to know your source for the statement that it was more people.  If you have a citation, I'll stand corrected.   
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:01:57 (permalink)
I'll quote Obama:
 
Obama said, "I know this is a long line. I feel real bad, but – I'm gonna cut."
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:02:43 (permalink)
Gonna call him a liar?
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:05:39 (permalink)
Still waiting...
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:13:45 (permalink)
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:18:56 (permalink)
I'm not calling anyone a liar. I wasn't there, and I don't think you were, either.
 
The Huffington Post may have gotten it wrong. Here's the pool report from the Austin paper, which says there were two people in front of the President, not behind him. 
 
So I don't know.  But in any event, I'm done.  
 
From the Austin American-Statesman:
Less than 24 hours after  polishing off some barbecue from John Mueller, Barack Obama hit another one of Austin’s most famous men of smoked meat on his way out of town.
Following his speech at the Paramount, President Obama’s motorcade traveled to Franklin Barbecue on East 11th Street. The restaurant is well known for its great brisket and extremely long waits, but the president circumvented that using the powers of his office.
“I know this is a long line. I feel real bad, but – I’m gonna cut,” Obama said, according to a pool report from the Statesman’s Chuck Lindell. Aaron Franklin told the Statesman's Ciara O'Rourke that nobody cuts the line at Franklin ... except Obama. (Read more from her report on the scene at Franklin on Statesman.com.)
Obama entered the restaurant and shook hands with customers as he made small talk on his way to the register.
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 president was headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after his stop at Franklin. I bet he takes a nap on the flight home.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:21:22 (permalink)
The Yahoo story Twinwillow posted also says there were two customers behind the President.
 
In this case, it seems Obama handled himself well — paying for the meals of the two customers behind him in line — Bruce Finsted and his daughter Faith
 
 
 
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:24:40 (permalink)
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Did his wife approve of the meal he had?
 

I'm guessing probably no:
 
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:34:46 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2014/07/11 17:58:23
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MJ,
 
I hadn't heard about the President going to Franklin's, but when I saw your headline I knew what it was going to be about.
 
Did he pay for his meal? LMAOROTF - Now that's funny.
 
Jim


The news I heard was that he bought $300 worth of ribs. 
 
Hope he also tried the brisket with some cappuccino sauce.


I suspect we ALL paid for it
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:36:48 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2014/07/11 18:04:03
Ahem.  Let's not project our political feelings, positive or negative, into this barbeque thread.
 
In this, our President is indeed a fortunate man and conducted himself as a civilized gentleman - unlike some others:
 

 
 
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 17:59:22 (permalink)
Jim, that Hitler rant video never gets old and always entertains.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/11 19:16:47 (permalink)
Before this thread gets too tiresome and, it might already be. Here's more on the POTUS' visit to BBQ land.
 
http://austin.eater.com/tags/barack-obama
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/12 09:45:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2014/07/12 10:19:35
Twinwillow
Jim, that Hitler rant video never gets old and always entertains.


And, for those who have seen that video for the first time, let me credit you for being the first to bring it to Roadfood.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/12 10:05:30 (permalink)
Twinwillow
Before this thread gets too tiresome and, it might already be. Here's more on the POTUS' visit to BBQ land.
 
http://austin.eater.com/tags/barack-obama


Nice URL.
 
Other things aside,
I can only praise Mr. Obama's taste in food
Five Guys, Ray's Hell Burger, Ben's Chili Bowl, Muellers, Stubbs, and now Franklin's!
 
 
Here's more famous food lines for the President to cut.
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/12 10:21:52 (permalink)
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Twinwillow
Jim, that Hitler rant video never gets old and always entertains.


And, for those who have seen that video for the first time, let me credit you for being the first to bring it to Roadfood.


Sir, you are a true gentleman!
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Re: It's Nice to be President! 2014/07/12 12:51:04 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2014/07/12 17:31:01
Oh for crying out loud, stop with the Obama-hating already. I come to Roadfood to get away from politics, not to read more of this crap. Being president of the United States, whether it's Obama, Bush, Clinton or Reagan, brings with it certain privileges, and one of those is not having to wait in line anywhere. Quite frankly, I would rather do without those privileges than have to deal with the intense pressures of that job. Compare photos of any president taken when they took office compared to when they left. The job ages its holders at least a decade in even 4 years. And people here are hating on him because he got to jump the line at a BBQ joint? Petty, man. Really petty.
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