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07/11/2014 12:04 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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

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:

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Obama Buys Lunch At Franklin Barbecue

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