Obama cuts the line at BBQ joint, pays for their food

At the end of a two-day trip to Texas, President Obama stopped to pick up some barbecue at Franklin's, an Austin landmark, and bought meals for a few other guests.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   July 10, 2014 at 5:51 PM

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- President Obama (or at least, his wranglers) made the strong choice of an impromptu stop at Franklin's Barbecue in on the way to catching his flight out of town Thursday.

The president, sidling up to the counter at the Texas landmark, apologized to the people at the front of the very long line as he skipped the wait, according to the travel pool report.

"Because these folks were in front of me, I'm buying for them," he told the workers behind the counter.

The president ordered around 8 pounds of meat, 6 pounds of which went for Bruce Finstad of Houston and his daughter Faith Finstad of Austin, the lucky pair at the front of the line, and their two seated companions.

"Hold on -- how many folks are y'all feedin'?" the president joked as he pulled out a roll of $20 bills, then asked if his credit card still worked when the order exceeded $300.

The order included 3 pounds of beef, 2 pounds of ribs, a half-pound of sausage and a half-pound of turkey for the Finstads, but the pool reporter wasn't able to get the president's order.

After chatting with diners in the packed restaurant, President Obama headed on to catch his Air Force One flight back to D.C., barbecue in tow.

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