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Old 07-10-2014, 03:49 PM  
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Obama gets some Texas BBQ

AustinChief, gives us your report! Were you there? How is Franklins? Better than Salt Lick?



AUSTIN - Never let it be said there's no such thing as a free lunch, when it comes to a presidential visit.

On Thursday, after President Obama finished a 40-minute speech at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Austin, his motorcade sped a few blocks away for a quick lunch at Franklin's, a noted barbeque spot that was packed as always with a lunch crowd.

As presidents tend to do, Obama cut to the front of the line so he could order takeout for his official travel party — offering to pay for the two people he bumped ahead of.

The lucky lunchers? Houston resident Bruce Finsted and his daughter, Faith, of Austin.

Their order? Three pounds of beef, 2 pounds of ribs, a half-pound of sausage and a half-pound of turkey for themselves and two other family members already seated.

When Obama heard their order, he seemed shocked: “Hold on now. How many folks are you guys feeding? Just kidding.”

Smiling, he quickly paid the tab - first pulling out a wad of $20 bills and then, after asking his trip director if his credit card was good, offering his JP Morgan card.

The tab? Around $300.

Now, that's a government right from the top.

After Obama bought lunch, he departed with takeout for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for Air Force One and a flight back to Washington.


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Old 07-12-2014, 07:46 AM   #61
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I absolutely can't stand Obama, but yeah, the POTUS doesn't wait in line. And hell, for that matter, Franklin's isn't exactly struggling, did they really need to charge him?
Usually I'd agree, but this guy has gotten to a point where he deserves nothing more than a swift kick in the butt, and certainly not cutsies.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:52 AM   #62
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Yes Franklin's is better than Salt Lick, but then again I think the Salt Lick is complete ass so that isn;t saying much.

Franklin's is pretty decent BBQ but mostly hype.
This. And having to BYOB makes it all the worse. I know the Salt Lick has a following, I just don't get why, certainly not worth the drive.

And for Texas BBQ, I thought Franlin's was pretty OK. He should have Jetted up to Temple and gone for some Fat Boys BBQ. Now that was Texas BBQ, and was darn awesome...
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:08 AM   #63
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This thing he's doing right now is actually pretty interesting. He's been going around to all of the noteworthy "All-American" joints where they basically have All-American food. The best ribs. The best burger, the best pizza, you name it. On one hand, he's using it as a political tool - he wants to look like he connects to the regular joe. Your mileage my vary on that. But on the other hand, you can see that he's effectively using his greatest tool, his celebrity, to give these areas an economic kick. These businesses aren't going to get any better advertising than having the president stop in with every camera in the state aimed at him.

Politically, it's annoying, because all he's doing is whining on this trip. But from an economic perspective, I think his team has come across an interesting idea.
Umm… politically, it's annoying because shit is going bananas on the Gaza Strip, the US is being accused of spying again on Germany, and there is a massive humanitarian crisis where he's begging for $4B to fix his dumb mistakes. It's refreshing to know that instead of taking a leadership position, he's drinking beers in Colorado and posing for photo ops in BBQ joints. Meanwhile, refusing to visit the border and being completely invisible in the international community.
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