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Obama visits Franklin Barbecue, buys lunch for a couple of patrons

President Obama at Franklin Barbecue

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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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