President Obama angered hungry customers at a Texas BBQ restaurant when he cut the line last week. But it was what the president said when he reached the front of the line that is getting the most ink in the liberal press.
According to the Austin Chronicle, Obama stopped by Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. Obama was jeered when he boldly cut the line.
Daniel Webb, a comedian and sometime drag queen, was working the cash register that day. As Obama approached, Webb "slapped the counter dramatically" and hollered, "Equal rights for gay people!"
"Are you gay?" asked Obama.
"Only when I have sex," Webb responded.
The exchange elicited a hearty laugh and a fist bump from Obama who wasn't a proponent of gay marriage until after he was re-elected to office in 2012.
As for the criticism from the hungry customers who were forced to wait while Obama placed his order, they cheered up when the president offered to pick up their tabs. According to the White House press pool reporters, Obama "produced a wad of 20s for an order that came to exceed $300."
He didn't have enough cash for the sizable order, so he placed the huge tab on his JP Morgan credit card.
Webb dismissed his customers' criticism of the president.
"Logistically, that's a really lazy complaint. I don't think you can safely have a world leader hanging around in a line," explained Webb.
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