If you think that Obama's imperial presidency only gobbles up the powers of the legislative and the judicial, you'd be wrong! Especially if you happened to be waiting at a popular BBQ restaurant when his majesty cut in line, because after all, he's better than you.
Here's how Austin 360 described it:
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.
I don't remember the power to cut in line at BBQ joints being in the Constitution, but then, I'm not a Harvard-educated Constitutional scholar, so I can't be trusted. Apparently, neither can Austinite peasants who are upset that our socio-economic and intellectual superior made them wait:
“Austinites displeased by Obama's previous choice of Stubb's should approve of his final stop in Austin: Franklin Barbecue. There's just one problem: the president cut the line. According to a pool report from The Statesman, Obama said, ”I know this is a long line. I feel real bad, but – I'm gonna cut.“ The Franklin Barbecue line regularly runs three, four, and even five hours long. Even Anthony Bourdain didn't skip the line. According to a tweet from KEYETV's Deeda Patton, owner Aaron Franklin believes the president was the first ever to cut the line. Austin's tiny corner of the internet has exploded with feelings about what Obama reportedly called ”exercising his executive power."
Here are some tweet from the unappreciative Austin subjects:
All barbecue aficionados are equal, but some are more equal than others.