Obama Cuts In Line At Franklin Barbecue, Makes Up For It By Paying It Forward

07/11/2014 12:04 pm ET | Updated Jul 11, 2014

Even the president pays it forward.

After speaking in Austin, Texas, Thursday, President Obama stopped in at Franklin Barbecue, a restaurant Austin360 says is "well known for its great brisket and extremely long waits." Since presidents apparently have schedules to keep, Obama cut to the front of the hours-long line -- then bought lunch for those behind him as a thank-you.

"I know this is a long line," Obama reportedly told the crowd, apologizing for his actions. "I feel real bad, but -- I’m gonna cut."

The restaurant's owner, Aaron Franklin, told the Austin American-Statesman the president is the first person he's allowed to skip the line, adding that Obama ordered enough meat to "feed a small village."

That village includes the two people Obama jumped in line. They put "three pounds of beef, two pounds of ribs, a half-pound of sausage and a half-pound of turkey" on the president's tab, reports the Houston Chronicle. After hearing their order, Obama joked, "Now hold on. How many folks are you guys feeding? Just kidding."

Per Austin360, Obama ended up paying around $300 for his own order, and an undisclosed amount more to cover the people he cut in line.

See photos from Obama's barbecue outing, below:

  • (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama scrutinizes his credit card as he jokes with the wait staff while ordering barbecue at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Austin is the final leg in his three-city trip before returning to Washington.
  • (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama jokes with patrons as he orders barbecue for himself and the people in the front of the line at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Austin is the final leg in his three-city trip before returning to Washington. At right is Kinsey Button, who introduced the President in his speech earlier that afternoon.
  • (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama orders barbecue during a surprise stop at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Austin is the final leg in his three-city trip before returning to Washington.
  • (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama orders barbecue at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Austin is the final leg in his three-city trip before returning to Washington.
  • (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • Brisket is cut at left as President Barack Obama orders barbecue at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Austin is the final leg in his three-city trip before returning to Washington.
  • (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)
  • President Barack Obama pays for his and other people's meal with a Visa card at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, Thursday July 10, 2014.
  • (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Kye R. Lee, Pool)
  • President Barack Obama has a moment with people when he visits Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Left is Kinsey Button who is a student at the University of Texas at Austin, and wrote the President a letter in January explaining her family's struggle to lead a middle-class life when both of her parents lost their jobs in the wake of the Great Recession.

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