Obama Cuts in Line at Barbecue Restaurant, Chinese Reactions

President Barack Obama cuts in line at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, pays for meal of another customer using credit card.

President Barack Obama cuts in line at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, pays for meal of another customer using credit card.

From NetEase:

Obama Cuts in Line to Get Take-Out, Pays for Other Customer, and Suffers Complaints From Residents

United States President Barack Obama went to a famous barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas to order take-out, and hoped to save time waiting in the long line by cutting. He persuaded a customer in line in front of him and agreed to “pay the bill” for this customer. Only thing is, this customer’s bill made Obama feel “short of cash”, forcing him to use his credit card to settle the bill. At the same time as this line-cutting incident, Obama also suffered complaints from local residents because his motorcade caused major traffic jams.


Paid for meal, asking for understanding

Obama was in Austin that day to attend a fundraising event for the Democratic Party, and after giving a 40 minute speech at a downtown theater, he was ready to take a plane back to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

But right before leaving, Obama’s motorcade drove a few blocks to “Franklin’s Barbecue”, to order take-out for himself and his entourage.

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, this barbecue restaurant is very famous in the United States, and many faithful “foodies” often have to line up for 2-3 hours before they can order.


After entering the restaurant, Obama clearly did not want to wait several hours with a grumbling stomach, politely shook hands with several customers, and directly went to the front of the line.

“I know this is a long line. I feel real bad,” Obama said, “but – I’m gonna cut.”

Obama simultaneously ordered and apologized to the customers beside him, as well as proposed “paying for” the customer at the front, Bruce Finsted and his daughter Faith.


Ordered too much, not enough cash

Finsted subsequently ordered: three pounds of beef, two pounds of ribs, a half-pound of sausage, etc. with the total order coming out to 102.5 USD. Upon hearing this, Obama was a bit taken aback and awkwardly asked: “Hold on now. How many folks are you guys feeding? Just kidding.” In reality, Finsted’s two other family members were already seated inside and were waiting for him to order.

A smiling Obama pulled out from his pocket a handful of cash to pay the bill. However, when combined with the barbecue he was buying to-go for his entourage, Obama needed about 300 USD, and didn’t have enough cash. He then asked his entourage if he could used his own credit card, and after getting the approval, swiped his card to pay the bill and left.

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Customers and residents complain loudly

The barbecue restaurant’s owner Aaron Frankly said has never had an incident of line-cutting since it was opened, “No one cuts in line…except Obama”. However, he still thinks Obama is a “nice guy”.

However, some customers and netizens were unhappy with Obama cutting in line. One netizen comment on her microblog: “No, no, no, President Obama. You wait in line for 3 hours at Franklin’s BBQ like everyone else!”

Because of this, the barbecue restaurant launched an opinion poll on the internet, asking if Obama should’ve cut in line. As of that afternoon, among 200 netizens, 145 people believed Obama’s line cutting was “correct”, while 55 people believed he should’ve waited in line.


Other than cutting in line to buy take-out, what made local residents even more unhappy was that major roads during Obama’s visit to Austin were closed off, causing severe traffic jams locally. Some residents grumbled on Twitter about the president’s visit with the hashtag #ThanksObama.

One netizen commented: My daughter asked ‘Why did Obama come here’, and mom replies, ‘to cause traffic problems.'”

Another netizen commented: “Obama is in Austin today… I’ve already been on the road two hours and only moved 10 miles, late for meeting, thanks Obama!”

Another netizen commented: “Obama’s healthcare plan has helped me successfully get my first appointment with a doctor, but I nearly missed my appointment time because Obama’s visit caused traffic jams!”


Comments from NetEase:

interknight360 [网易山东省青岛市手机网友]:

Unbelievable, cutting in line, I severely despise the American leader’s misuse of special privileges.

wj8710cjy [网易福建省手机网友]:

Imperialism truly is an abyss of suffering.

网易德国手机网友 ip:46.114.*.*

These Americans [the critics] are too disrespectful to the president!

龙伍timwu [懂球大师]:

Five pounds of beef and half a pound of sausage is only 102 bucks and it is in a barbecue restaurant, these prices are so cheap.

网易吉林省长春市手机网友 ip:113.213.*.*

Look what this capitalist country has done to its president.

半步沧桑 [网易湖南省手机网友]:

Not lining up is not a good habit 😂

网易福建省手机网友 ip:58.22.*.*

This shouldn’t be considered cutting in line, the article is a little extreme. When I’m at the train/bus station buying a ticket for a train/bus that is about to depart, other people will let me go ahead too.

德意志的另一行泪 [德国球迷]:

A country in an abyss of suffering!

ggggfeng0522 [网易北京市手机网友]:

The United States doesn’t have special lanes, how embarrassing.

网易安徽省合肥市手机网友 ip:218.104.*.*

Evil capitalism!.

网易河南省平顶山市手机网友 ip:115.59.*.*

Such poor character, come look at our country’s citizens. When the leader comes, everyone proactively yields and lets him go first!

网易湖南省益阳市手机网友 ip:218.77.*.*

Isn’t this restaurant going to be famous?
Is it going to become a tourist attraction?
Is the counter where the president ordered going to be fenced off?
Is the meal the president ordered going to become the main set meal?

[Note: The above alludes to what happened after Chinese President Xi Jinping dined at a local Beijing restaurant last year.]

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • pink panda

    bunch of ass-kissers!

  • donscarletti

    Although one must respect that he is busy, I’m sure he could have gone to a restaurant with a shorter line, or send one of his aids to queue. There are better ways he could have handled this this.

    However, there will always
    be plenty of folks looking for any little excuse to insult his
    character. Even though he won his second term quite comfortably, everyone has detractors, and those who don’t like this guy really don’t like him.

    • hang

      What you call “insulting his character”, other call “accurately describing his character”.

      Bush Jr won a second election, it really doesn’t mean that event identifies a good US leader.

      • MonkeyMouth

        Gore won, but he is an asshole too, so whats the difference?

        • David

          Do you live in an alternate universe? Even if you think Gore should have been declared the winner in 2000 (and we are talking about Bush’s first term not his second, he ran against Kerry in the second), he was not. Bush won.

          • MonkeyMouth

            o ya…forgot, stilll….who cares? the last time USA had a good president, he got his head blown off in dallas.

          • David

            Well, you are certainly entitled to your opinion but I am curious as to why you think JFK was a good president.

          • MonkeyMouth

            he wanted to audit/expose the federal reserve, fired allen dulles (splintered the entire CIA), made a cool backroom deal with kruschev, and of course, scored tons of poon….

          • David

            Yes, all of that is true (and don’t get me wrong I am simply playing devils advocate here) but he was also greatly escalated our involvement in Vietnam, was making Jacky’s life almost unbearable with his not well hidden affairs and was being investigated by his own justice depart and was about a month away from possibly being embarrassed and maybe impeached (that would have been several months away) when he was assassinated. There is a decent chance that he would not have been able to seal a second term.

          • MonkeyMouth

            ya, the old joke being his last word was ‘pussy’ as he groped a nun and a nurse at Parkview Hospital….

      • Yet he was a good leader, my friend. Much better than the one in the white house now who has no experience whatsoever.

    • nita

      Exactly. I agree he could have handled this better. But let’s ignore the fact that the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1% in July, the lowest it’s been since the economic shithole that Bush left this country with in 2009. Cuz, squirrel!! Obama cut in line at some restaurant, he’s EVIL.

      And in 3…2…1…someone will reply to say this by saying, “Oh, but Obama had nothing to do with the economic recovery.” To which I say–bullshit. You would have been all over him 24/7 if the economy had not improved.

      • David

        Well, lets ignore the fact that the economy has not improved but to get mad because the President ASKED if he could cut and was told he could and then PAID for the guy he cut in front of is silly and petty. If your going to complain about him (and I do) complain about something that is meaningful.

        However, this is sort of irrelevant, it is not a ‘squirrel’ as you put it, because those making comments are Chinese citizens not American political operatives.

        • SonofSpermcube

          Would having the president standing in line for 2-3 hours have improved or worsened the wait for everyone else? I’m guessing worsened.

          • David

            Probably true. If nothing else all the press would have been a pain in the butt.

  • Ken Morgan

    I dunno if you don’t let him cut in line its off to Guantanamo for you.

    • Marcus Black

      No i doubt it. Here’s what will happen. The US police will first antagonise you and then proceed to blatantly attacking you. You better not cover your asshole and protect yourself because they’ll immediately intensify their attack and will have the audacity to tell you to stop resisting while continuing to attack you. They may pepper spray and/or use a taser gun on your bitch ass. At this point you will probably start fearing for your life if you weren’t already so you’ll make good use of the strength brought by a surge in your adrenaline level to attempt to run away from the imbeciles attacking you. Sad to tell you mate but you’ll die that day because these fucks will outright shoot you in the back.

      • David

        Can you explain why you must cover your asshole?

    • David

      Yes but then after having a few years relaxation, good food, excellent health care and lots of time to think about it, he lets you out so he can cut in line in front of you again.

  • Irvin

    That’s right, pay up dead beat! that goes for the debt you owe china too.

    • Marcus Black

      Oh I can’t wait for the day when China tries to shakedown the US of A for it’s debt. My prediction is China will get the biggest bitch slap to be ever administered or perhaps China would have grown the balls to conduct a successful shakedown of a world super power. Only time will tell folks. Nothing to see here.

      • donscarletti

        The bonds market is not like getting a loan from a mob affiliated loan shark. You cannot “shakedown” the issuer of a bond and demand to be paid back early.

        Those federal bonds are payable on maturity and will the holder will receive the amount written on the certificate on the date written on the certificate, just like every other bond the United States Treasury has issued in its history.

        • David

          lol I was going to explain that to him Don but you beat me to it. Also, the vast MAJORITY of debt the U.S. owes on the bond and treasury market is to U.S. citizens. Last point Marcus, China LIKES holding notes on U.S, debt, they WISH we would sell them more. They know it is the safest place in the world to keep their current surplus for a rainy day.

          • ex-expat

            I especially love when people say “China owns America,” or “China owns all of America’s debt.” In reality, they own about 8%

  • a.w.

    Another netizen commented: “Obama’s healthcare plan has helped me successfully get my first appointment with a doctor, but I nearly missed my appointment time because Obama’s visit caused traffic jams!”

    Aw, i feel for you buddy. :/

  • zachary T

    He would have only done this in Austin. If it was anywhere else in Texas he would have been refused service for all the horrible illegal things he has done ( Dead veterans at VA hospitals, forcing ICE to allow illegals in the country, IRS/EPA/ NSA scandals, etc).

    • Some minor fact-checking:

      1. Dead veterans at VA hospitals deal with VA hospital administrators. At the highest level, the buck falls on US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki. There is, to date, no evidence whatsoever that Eric Shinseki did anything that could remotely be considered “illegal”.

      2. The current administration has been deporting illegal immigrants at record pace, and two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases under the current administration involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all.
      See attached image.

      3. The “IRS scandal” turned out to be a completely fake scandal. Not only were liberal-leaning groups also scrutinized (“progressive”, “occupy”, “medical marijuana”, and “occupied territory advocacy” were all buzzwords that triggered closer scrutiny), but the only tax-exempt status denial by the IRS related to the targeting involved the revocation of a previously granted tax-exempt status for a progressive group.

      4. What EPA scandal? Even if there were a legitimate, pervasive scandal involving the EPA (which there isn’t), Obama is not the head of the EPA.

      5. From August 1, 2005 to March 28, 2014, the Director of the NSA has consistently been Keith B. Alexander . At no point has the President of the USA ever served as Director of the NSA.

      Just thought you might like to know.

      • Probotector

        A hardcore Obama supporter. Still, do you think he was right or wrong to cut in line, being the President and all.

        • I think he was stupid to cut in line. With all of the PR problems he’s having, and in Texas no less, he really must not have been using his brain. I would imagine the only reason he went there was for PR (I’m sure the restaurant could have taken a to-go order from the President of the United States if all he cared about was tasting the food), so cutting in line sabotaged the entire purpose of his trip.

          The least he could have done is paid for everyone in line in front of him, since cutting affects all of them, not just the guy at the front. I’m sure he could afford it, and it would be slightly better PR, although I can still see how it would be twisted into something pejorative.

          • lonetrey / Dan

            If he had paid for everyone, you know there’s going to be some asshat shouting about how he’s wasting taxpayers’ money just because he couldn’t bother waiting in line and the country’s going to shit because people like him are in charge….

          • David

            Well, I believe he paid with his own money (which is a tax deductible business expense) so he could have followed Matt’s advice.

          • tomoe723

            Even if he paid with his “own” money, I think it will still give out the wrong message and example… errm like he’s trying to buy out everyone else with money so he could get to the top or something like that (LOL)… not that anybody cares.

            The only slightly passable excuse I can think of is that he is really the president and he can’t be bothered to wait in line while more important pressing stuff needs to be handled, but then again, he could have just asked one of his lackeys to fall in line for him.

          • David

            I think THAT would have been the best all around solution, although I think you call them staff, not lackeys. After all he has to pay them.

      • MonkeyMouth

        Keep on drinking the Kool’aid, mate. i know Austin;s Alex Jones territory, but somewhere east or west of center is where it all be laid

      • FYIADragoon

        Matt, don’t feed the Texans. I’m sure your actual usage of facts is all “liberal lamestream mumbo jumbo” to them anyways. Let them rage on in their little corner.

    • MonkeyMouth


    • norimix

      Yet George Bush is a hero in Texas for all his crimes..

      • zachary T

        Wouldn’t say a hero, and I wouldn’t say crimes, if you are referring to the invasion of Saddam’s Iraq because of WMD’s…why is the world freaking out right now that ISIS has its hands on chemical weapons and uranium that Bush haters kept saying was not there? In Texas we remember his solid response to the 9-11 attacks and his unapologetic nature of America being a nation worth defending. He dropped the ball domestically a lot ( medicare D, no child left behind, come to mind off hand) and not all of his foreign policy moves were worth it (RUSSIA) but incomplete policies and naivety are not systematic and knowingly unconstitutional practices.

  • tmoney25

    chinese people complaining about cutting in line????? lol!!!!!!!!!!! you’ve got to be kidding me! i think during the beijing olympics people were taught how to stand in line. they have no concept of standing in line and if they cut u, if you get pissed, they get mat at you! unbelievable.

    • Probotector

      In supermarkets they often wait in line, it’s normally just the really old who cut in line there. Now if it’s a counter service like a desk or McDonalds, then it’s a cut in line free for all. I don’t know why they behave differently in that situation.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      I think it’s a joke. #firstworldproblems and what not. Chinese deal with a corrupt government and a corrupt police force yet this Chinese article tries to paint America as even worse because the President cut in line.

      • MonkeyMouth

        one time, beiber went to a mcdonalds, and they fenced off his table. he left his tray, etc behind, and fans swiped all of it. TRUE. happened in Goderich, Ontario

      • Kai

        The Chinese article doesn’t even sound like it is trying to paint the US as worse or even in a negative light. It more or less reported the entire story like how American media outlets did.

        • ex-expat

          Maybe maybe not, but it is hard to give Chinese media the benefit of the doubt when they publish things such as “Americans are Dishonest.”

          • hercm

            STFU you dumb fuck, western media is full of shit 100 times worth than that. stop being so ignorant.

          • ex-expat

            If I were you, which thankfully I am not, I would be out looking for girls instead of being butt hurt on the internet. The statistics are not in your favor.

          • Kai

            Well, there really shouldn’t be a “maybe, maybe not”. You either can read Chinese or you can’t and therefore either have the ability to discern its tone or not. While not unusual for people to do, you still can’t judge a specific thing based on a generalization you have for the whole. It’d be as stupid as the Chinese nationalists who think Western media is biased against China because they find many individual instances where it is arguably so, right? If Chinese nationalists are idiots for thinking like that, so is anyone else who thinks the same way. So no, you still should give this Chinese article the benefit of the doubt so long as you want to be a rational person.

          • ex-expat

            The “tone” is not relevant as much to me as the reasons for choosing to publish the article in the first place. What I interpreted A Gawd Dang Mongolian referring to was the publication of the article itself rather than the “tone.”

          • Kai

            It most likely published the story for the same reasons an American outlet might publish a human interest story involving China.



            You and perhaps ABDM as well seem to be operating on the presumption that there is necessarily an ulterior motive whenever the vast, non-monolithic, and diverse Chinese media publishes something about the United States or any other country. This is the same presumption many Chinese nationalists often come across as operating on when they rage about biased Western media.

          • ex-expat

            I suggest you read my “maybe, maybe not” comment again.

          • Kai

            Right, and I’m questioning the hesitation in your “maybe, maybe not”. It would seem your hesitation is based not on anything about the article itself but about your views of “Chinese media”. That’s like judging a Mexican not by anything in his work but by what you think about “his people”.

          • ex-expat

            Being skeptical of media produced in a country with little in the way of political freedoms and judging a person based on his nationality are two completely different things.

          • Kai

            No, not completely different, they both involve being too quick to jump to irrational generalizations. They both involve a concsious decision to rely on one’s preconceived notions instead of actually evaluating the actual subject at hand.

          • ex-expat

            Please show me where I jumped to an irrational generalization.

          • Kai

            Your irrational generalization is what underpins your continued hesitation after being told that the article reported the story in much the same way as American media outlets did, in contradiction to how AGDM characterized the article. It’s like saying, “maybe, maybe not” after being told the Mexican guy’s work is solid and continuing, “it is hard to give Mexicans the benefit of the doubt when so many of them do things so poorly.”

            Your irrational generalization is what makes it hard for you to “give the benefit of the doubt” because the very act of giving the benefit of the doubt is a rational recognition that one instance may not be like other instances and/or that what one first thinks may not be actually be applicable.

            By all means, be critical of the parts of the Chinese media that make editorials like “Americans Are Dishonest”, but avoid generalizing every Chinese media report about America with that lens, and have the grace to acknowledge a perspective to be mistaken when a relevant, material point is made in response to it. Either that or give us a good argument for why your hesitation is justified by the article itself as opposed to simply being based on a generization you have about Chinese media. I’ll always entertain well-reasoned arguments.

          • ex-expat

            I think you are either confused, or are just arguing for the sake of it. I never made a single judgement or generalization about the article, or anything else

          • Kai

            Judgement about the article:

            Maybe, maybe not,

            Generalization about anything else:

            it is hard to give Chinese media the benefit of the doubt when they publish things such as “Americans are Dishonest.”

          • ex-expat

            HAHAH What?! “Maybe, maybe not” is neither agreeing nor disagreeing – refraining from judgement.

            And your example of a generalization is equally weak…if I had said “Chinese media is ________ ,” now THAT is a generalization. Stating that something is hard to do does not mean it can’t or won’t be done. You are the one inferring in this case.

          • Kai

            “Maybe, maybe not” is, again, hesitation in response to the information I provided that contradicts and refutes AGDM’s wrong characterization of the article. This continued hesitation is itself a judgement.

            It is a judgement you then rationalize with a generalization. It is like saying “it is hard to give the American media the benefit of the doubt when they publish things such as *insert controversial editorial here*” Saying such a thing is a generalization of one thing onto the whole to justify one’s judgment of another thing.

            If there is a question, it would be: Why the hesitation? Why do you on some level doubt the information I brought to the table refuting AGDM’s characterization?

            Is there something in the article itself that lends credence to AGDM’s characterization? I don’t think so. I’ve already asked you to supply this but you haven’t, so I take it you’re forced to admit there isn’t actually anything there either.

            Is there something false or wrong in what I said in response to AGDM? No, you can easily compare American media outlet reports on this story to the Chinese one and the content and structure are similar if not identical (especially with the use of Twitter quotes).

            Therefore, my characterization of the article is much more accurate and compelling to AGDM’s characterization.

            Yet you hesitate with a “maybe, maybe not” in response, and go on to explain why you find it “hard to give the benefit of the doubt” employing a generalization?

            Because of a generalization you clutch to about the Chinese media, you’re going to “refrain from judging” whether or not my refutation of AGDM’s characterization is valid or not?


            I think at this point you are clearly being disingenuous. If your only argument is to accuse me of reading into things, then I won’t go around in circles with you any more because I’m already repeating what I’ve said. Others can judge the validity of my response to you on their own.

          • YB

            props for fighting the good fight.
            maybe we should make a website, where we translate all the english coments made here in chinese for the amusement of the chinese netizens…

          • Kai


            There are already Chinese websites who do similar things to varying degrees of consistency. There have been more Chinese netizens paying more attention to the English internet longer than the other way around. These netizens don’t represent the average, but there’s still a disparity in the amount of attention directed from each direction.

          • C Kane

            LMAO, are you born a moron or did you have to work hard to get there? you said: ” Chinese media publish things such as “Americans are Dishonest.”
            It’s hard to look into the mirror when you are retarded isnt it?

          • Don’t Believe the Hype

            much of media is biased, you should always be skeptical of the news and do your own research, china and US included

          • Don’t Believe the Hype

            Although I don’t think the “tone” of this article is biased (in Chinese or English), you have to admit that there are legitimate reasons why foreigners and Chinese alike are often skeptical of China’s mainland media. Newspapers now have a bad rap because of prior restraint and the constant censorship of western, alternative viewpoints.

            I believe that you should look at both western and Chinese newspapers with a grain of salt, both have their own interests (either commercial or political). But when it comes to disparaging other countries in official newsprints or state media and lack of free press, China takes the gold, so I have a hard time feeling sorry for them due to a few articles in western print about China’s corruption.
            Again, I realize that this particular article does not demonstrate any of these traits, but it is not altogether unreasonable to assume it might under other conditions.
            As for the “non-monolithic, and diverse Chinese media.” I think you see a lot less of this in official press as opposed to on NetEase for example

          • Kai

            I never questioned why people are often skeptical of China’s mainland media. I’ve questioned how certain people apply that skepticism.

            Generalizations are an integral and unavoidable aspect of how the human mind works. Recognizing and avoiding generalizations is an inherent and necessary aspect of human rationality. It’s one thing to make a generalization and another to clutch to it against one’s rationality.

            Whenever one makes assumptions that are then challenged, be prepared to have a compelling argument for that assumption. Or admit that one made a faulty assumption. That’s the intelligent and mature way to behave.

            As for the Chinese media being non-monolithic and diverse, I frankly think you can see this even in the “official press” (state media). Don’t get me wrong, I know what you’re arguing. Still, it is also true that a lot of foreigners and expats tend to focus only on certain types of content from the official press like the political propaganda and editorials about a narrow range of issues impacting government legitimacy and interests. There’s a lot of misleading vividness and confirmation bias involved in this (and on both sides, of course). These parts of the official press are indeed arguably biased. Still, they are just PARTS that are often being overweighted.

            If you actually browse the full range and volume of stuff that comes out of Xinhua or People’s Daily or CCTV or whatever, it is not remotely hard to recognize that these are indeed non-monolithic entities producing a vast diversity of content (and opinions too).

            Again, don’t get me wrong. I know that the government can use the media, and especially the state media, to disseminate specific messages. I know there is state propaganda in China, and it is often used in arguably petty ways, exploiting ignorance as much as prejudices. No doubt about this at all.

            But the moment someone allows their generalizations to override rational evaluation of a specific matter, then they are no longer rational and guilty of their own prejudice.

          • ex-expat

            Exactly. I agree, this article seems harmless. The recent Global Times article about Australia, on the other hand, is a different story…

          • C Kane

            LOL you are an idiot, when it comes to disparaging other countries in official newsprints or state media and lack of free press, the west takes the gold, so I have a hard time feeling sorry for them due to a few articles in Chinese print about US corruption.

          • C Kane

            It must be hard for you to realize your own brainwashed mental state by the mainstream media in the west.

          • C Kane

            it is hard to give American media the benefit of the doubt when they publish things such as “Chinese are Dishonest.”

          • Except…they didn’t publish any such thing.

            ex-expat was referring specifically to this:


            You, on the other hand, are just replacing a word in order to come up with a clever comeback. Sorry pal, but it doesn’t work that way.

      • hercm

        oh look, another nerdy moron brainwashed by the mainstream media.
        The reason for them to be sarcastic is that the western fund media in china are full of these ”public disorder, chinese cut in line, trash throwing”- crappy articles, hence here the backlash by the readers laughing back at the westerners at their own game.


        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          Took you that long to come up with an insult?

    • donscarletti

      The Chinese citizens are being ironic. Calm down.

      • MonkeyMouth

        i suspect that, too. lots of irony in their comments

      • lonetrey / Dan

        oh thank goodness. I was about to post a comment about how I was not quite 100% certain which comments were ironic/sarcastic and which were genuine.

        Definitely #firstworldproblems

      • Jon

        Yeah, I’m pretty sure all of them are ironic. The reason being that they have seen way more special privileges going on in china even for the lowest county official. Heck, if this was the president of china, the entire restaurant would have been closed off.

        • hercm

          no you moron, the reason for them to be sarcastic is that the western fund media in china are full of these ”public disorder, chinese cut in line, trash throwing”- crappy articles, hence here the backlash by the readers laughing back at the westerners at their own game.

          the president of china, went to restaurants regularly,and did not cut in line. but you must have missed that due to your ignorance and brainwashed mental state.

          • Don’t Believe the Hype

            lol we both know that you just made that up. You really think Xi cares about reaching out to the common people?

    • nqk123

      chinese know about irony too you know

      • tmoney25

        proves you know nothing about chinese people.

        • Rou

          If you knew chinese language well enough, then you’d know how much irony and dry humour young chinese use. Such things are usually lost in translation.

        • arterius2

          funny, its actually quite the opposite. Their sense of humor might be different from the west (as Rou already mentioned) but its quite ignorant to make these sort of assumption about an entire race – which you knew nothing about.

          • tmoney25

            yup proves u are a moron.

    • Kai

      Dude, there was only ONE translated comment that was critical of cutting in line, and it was an ironic dig at Chinese government leaders.

      • NightKnight

        I think at least for this kind of news, It’d be better to find a new source of Chinese reactions other the NetEase, it’s like the tradition of NetEase for being sarcastic when it comes to U.S. high-level officials being close to the people, it gets old.

        • Kai

          Yeah, I get tired of the NetEase community at times too. Still, tmoney was projecting.

      • tmoney25

        so how many comments you need?

        • Kai

          Enough to accurately represent the situation you are ostensibly reacting to? You come across as seeing white people having a picnic and then commenting about how racist white people are. Yes, that’s a hyperbole but the point is that there’s a disconnect.

          • tmoney25

            no idea what you’re talking about. what white person is having a picnic and who am i calling racist? pretty dumb.

    • NeverMind

      Your use of the term ‘chinese people’ borders on Racism. Just saying. It’s like criticizing those Americans who want to restrain the use of guns in the US.

      • tmoney25

        chinese people commenting about obama. that’s it.pretty dumb to be bringing up racism.

        • NeverMind

          You think all Chinese people cut in line and are uncivilized. And Mr Genius, that is an example of….?

          My wife is Chinese, and she never cuts in line neither does her entire family. They all believe in following rules.

          • Wololoo

            Arguments by anecdote, always the most valid.

    • satuon

      Chinese people having a sense of humor, actually.

  • Freddi BuBu

    Check out the videos – I don’t think he realized he was stepping into a whites-only establishment….

    • Probotector

      There’s no such establishment. How about checking out the first picture above. Notice the bald black guy standing behind him and smiling. There is another black guy next to him, but he’s is probably secret service and therefore didn’t come of his own accord.

      • arise

        “There’s no such establishment.”

        then you haven’t traveled enough. it may not label itself “whites only” but when you’re sitting at a table and receiving no service even calling out to waiters/waitress then you look around the room and notice everyone is white. yeah…

        • Probotector

          Give me an example of such a place. What’s your ethnicity? When did this happen to you? Why didn’t they just tell you to get out if you’re not welcome?

          • Freddi BuBu

            Chill, my statement was made only in jest…..geez.

          • Probotector

            It’s ok, but arise seems to think there’s apartheid restaurants in the U.S.

          • arise

            like i said, you should get out more.

          • arise

            when i was in the military stationed in california, i traveled up to San Fran with 3 other friends. it was one hispanic, 2 asians, and one white.

            i don’t recall the restaurant’s name, it was a local restaurant not a big franchise. what took place was what i wrote in the previous post… doesn’t take a nasa scientist to figure out what was going on.

            obviously they ignored us to avoid a confrontation. once we figured out what was going on we just got up and left. we’re all grown adults, if our business is not wanted we’ll take it somewhere else.

          • Probotector

            Maybe they were just busy. San Francisco isn’t really a whites only town is it. In fact it’s a pretty liberal place. Did they say anything racist to you? I can’t say it’s impossible, but it seems pretty incredible. How long did you wait?

        • Honibaz

          I’ve been to eateries owned by Chinese people that gave me bad service, but it had nothing to do with discriminating by ethnicity. The level of bsession with money in the mindset of the Chinese (not limited to the Mainland, surprisingly) restaurant owners are so extreme that if they take one look at you and think that you’re not a big spender, they couldn’t care less about what you need to order.

          • Gerhana

            try walking around throwing cash like in some rap video, or throw it at the waitress like they are strippers. It might work.

      • Henry C

        Make some black friends who have been around and get back to me.

        “In 1994, Denny’s settled a class action lawsuit filed by thousands of black customers who had been refused service, forced to wait longer, or pay more than white customers. The $54.4 million settlement was the largest and broadest under federal public-accommodations laws established thirty years previously to end segregation in restaurants and public spaces” For example, “six black United States Secret Service agents visited a Denny’s restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland. They were forced to wait an hour for service while their white companions were seated immediately upon entering.” That was 20 years ago, but it still happens today, albeit to a much lesser degree.

        In the past few years, a black friend of mine has been completely ignored at several small town bars in central California. He’s not the over-sensitive type, gets along with everybody, and this has never happened to him in larger cities. And some of my friends in New York told me, based on their personal experience, that there are several upscale bars in New York where the bartenders absolutely refuse to serve anyone black or Hispanic unless they’re there with a group of white friends. I also have a southern friend, white guy, who was on a cross-country trip with his black friend and was refused entry at a motel because the owner refused to have black guests. This happened about ten years ago, and even when my friend threatened to call the police the owner stood his ground and said the local police would support him on this. And you do know that parents at some southern high schools still hold whites-only proms right? Well-documented, and the parents are very defensive of this arrangement. Google it if you don’t believe me.

        I’m not saying that this particular shop Obama went to is informally “whites-only,” and I’m guessing it probably isn’t. But sadly, these kinds of places still exist in the United States. The owner usually won’t come out and say black people aren’t welcome, because this could invite a lawsuit, but the staff will ignore you, give you looks, and it can get really uncomfortable really fast.

        • Probotector

          Isn’t segregation illegal now, can’t they sue? America seems pretty fucked up when it comes to race then, even though your examples are from decades ago. Aren’t things better now?

          • ex-expat

            Well, there is a black (half) president. I won’t deny that racism exists in the US, but it’s far better than it was. I can’t think of many contries that would be able to elect a minority president. Even in Louisiana, a very conservative state, the governor is an ethnic Indian. One thing that annoys me though is how quick people are attribute something that happened to them to race when it very well could have been a million different reasons. In regards to the above anecdote, it is certainly possible, but San Francisco is one of the most liberal places in the country, and over 20% Asian, so it is far from an ideal place for a white supremacist.

          • hercm

            so? an uncle tom to appease the little people and give them the idea they are not discriminated against.. How hard is it to see thru that?

  • Probotector

    God I can’t stand this guy.

    • Nova_REMIX

      Still take him over Romney any day.

    • Cameron

      The US, that is the real US as experienced by the working and middle classes is on a long journey down the shitter. Regardless of who the puppet in chief is. It sttopped being a democracy a long time ago. The 1% will continue to fend off the depression from their backyard for another few decades, all the while selling the lie to the masses that things will start getting better if you just believe in the dream and do a few more hours work for your Chinese boss for increasingly low pay. When the shit finally hits the fan, those that achieved the American Dream will jet out to China or Russia or Western Europe while the 99% will be left with nothing.

  • MonkeyMouth

    its a PR stunt….look at the cameras…. the folks that happened to be in there at the time, just took liberty (i use that term loosely) to voice a bit of disdain.

    the secret service doesnt just follow him around on a whim…
    but that said…. i am NOT defending him, kinda telling it how is is… he aint allowed to just go where he chooses at a moment’s notice. thats RON PAUL’S state….

  • norimix

    I thought cutting in line was a national sport in China? I once saw a black lady scream at a Chinese lady in San Francisco for cutting in line to get on the MUNI bus.. Quite a scene that was.

  • death_by_ivory

    Who has time to wait online for two_three hours for food?do these people work? I live in NY and I Cant even understand the lines for shakeshack.half a block away there are many just as good eateries.

    • Yeah, no food is worth waiting 2 or 3 hours for.

    • UserID01

      Yeah, fuck that. I work in Midtown and all the places offer pretty much the same shit anyway. I bring my food from home. I eat in the office and use the extra time to relax outside. Screw waiting for my entire lunch break for a mediocre burger or some reheated nonsense from the local buffet.

      • David

        Except this food is actually good. I have eaten there (only had to wait an hour on that occasion) and when you drive 3 or 4 hours for really good BBQ, waiting another hour or two just gets your appetite going. However, if you work in Midtown I would go get a slice, no great BBQ places there..

    • sum ting wong

      Try Serendipity 3 around the holidays. It’s usually tourists after the experience of eating in a really famous place. The locals used to just slip the hosts some cash to cut in line but now it’s best to call ahead. Cher once insisted on waiting her turn in line there some years back.

  • nita

    Is citing a bunch of random crap from some hardcore conservative website I had never heard of before a few minutes ago supposed to mean something? What’s next? Citing to Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin?

  • FYIADragoon

    Boy, you must either be the richest person in the world or the stupidest to wait 3 hours for a meal. 3 hours is a lot of time.

    • David

      lol it is GOOD BBQ.

    • NeverMind

      ….or you must be American with a fetish for food…

  • Karze

    What would Mao do if he was at restaurant like Obama – He would order PLA to clear all customer and be shipped to Logao for daring to be making Mao wait.

  • Science Patrol

    Whenever the President goes anywhere it is a huge hassle. The streets are shut down. There’s a Secret Service motorcade filled with armed agents and at least two cars the President could be in. It’s definitely not something you want hanging out on your block.

    IMO POTUS should have either made it a real PR stop and scheduled it in advance or sent some lackey to get his BBQ. Not super considerate really.

    But yeah the President doesn’t wait in line. That’s ridiculous. He’s the most important person in the world. Hopefully he has something better to do.

  • Perseus Wong

    This is what happens when US citizens regard their elected officials like celebrities and royalty instead of accountable public servants. They reflexively yield their place in the street like frightened, adoring subjects for the passing caravan of a Ming Emperor.

    None of these low-information sycophants obviously hold him accountable for the southern border crisis (where thousands of unaccompanied minors are being held in detention centers), the VA scandal (veterans being denied care or dying from neglect and malpractice), the humanitarian crisis in the middle east, the rise of a new terrorist Caliphate in Iraq, the millions who lost their insurance and are faced with the much higher premiums of Obamacare (despite multiple promises to the contrary), the shrinking GDP, higher energy cost, devalued currency, etc.

  • twelve ways

    One of the few times that the foreign comments are more moronic than the Chinese ones…

  • satuon

    Wait till Rush hears about this.

  • Whoa, just how good is the BBQ at this place that people would queue up for hours just to get a meal? I would just bail after 20mins in line.

  • hercm

    The real sinister thing about this website and the way it translate articles, is that it deliberately cover up the fact that those reactions of the chinese readers are a direct response to the racist and vicious attacks of the western-funded 5cents chinese media and it’s payed commentators on every event and newscoverage in China, 24/7. So if this Chinasmack site start translating some of the Wenxuecity, Epoch articles full of racist attacks, negativity, distortion politically motivated and demonization, it will show an symmetry. And ONLY THEN will the readers of this website understand the humor of the chinese readers such as above. it’s called sarcasm and mirroring. But ChinaSmack is a typical website designed to assist and complete the attack sstarted by other western-funded 5cent media, to further demonize the chinese.

    For example: when there is a festival, they write entire articles about trash on the ground and ”reflect” on the inferiority of the people in china. Just imagine those media concentrate on the trash on the ground in NYC after new years eve, and wonder about why this western society and it’s population is so underdeveloped and ignorant, for leaving trash on the ground, is it in the genes? The trash must say something about the inferiority of the white people.

    • Firstly, most NYC’ers aren’t white.

      Secondly, whatever point you were trying to make, you failed completely. ChinaSMACK regularly translates comments from “both sides” of the political spectrum. Don’t give up those English lessons, hercm.

      • hercm

        It seems that you urgently need those lessons, spring roll, cos you surely dont know how to read. Most Chinese arent yellow, that doesnt prevent the 5cents media to ”reflect” on their genetical inferiority causing a ”moral decay”. IF the chinese media would operate the same way as the western fund 5cents media, they would be drawing that conclusion in this article, just like the articles posted by Epoch, Wenxuecity, KD ect..all aim at the same racist angle against the population in china.

        Since you can’t read, you obviously failed at getting the point made on the hidden agenda of websites like Chinasmack, whose main task is to assist the demonization and generalisation of the chinese readers by concentration on their response, instead of the comments on WXC by those sick pro-west immigrants that defended the beating-up of Alexian Lien in NYC, claiming that it was his fault to not avoid the choppergang. Or the ones on youtube leaving hatefull racist comments at a korean girl who made a video about generalisation of Asians in the west. Im sure that you are one of those immigrants who look the otherway everyday and pretend to be deaf by every racist comments thrown at you.

        • You failed once again at making a coherent point. Try again, this time without mentioning a bunch of random, unrelated nonsense.

          For the record, I am not an immigrant, and, with one possible exception, I have never had a racist comment thrown at me in my entire lifetime. (This excludes the Internet, of course, where you can get called a “faggot nigger kike” just for commenting on a cute kitten video).

    • Apothis

      The trash on the ground in NYC would not be nearly as bad as a similar festival in China. Sounds like you have some issues there hercum…..

      • hercm

        you must be blind, maybe its ur chinky eyes that prevents you from seeing things like they really are..have you ever been to NYC at new year’s eve?

        • Apothis

          My roundeyes are fine douchebag. And yes I have spent New Years in NYC as well as celebrating New Years in China and my statement stands.

  • Gerhana

    gotta be charming to pull off this kind of stunt though. Waiting 3 hours for food? whats wrong with them. Those time could be use more productively or for leisure or pleasurable activities…rather than waiting for food…. like zombies.

  • Boris

    President should have waited in line. Or ordered hours before so he could pick it up later.

  • Cr

    Wow, Chinese lining up, they can not even line up for the bus,train,food or anything they have a ticket with the seat number and they still cut in line like they have no seat rush rush push push. So why are they complaining , the government officials in China show their badge get to cut in line , get special prices for food, shops and services plus get other treatments more than any government official in USA.

  • Mateusz82

    Poe’s Law : Without a blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of extremism or fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.

    Alan Morgan expanded with this : “Any sufficiently advanced troll is indistinguishable from a genuine kook.”

  • Dray

    Cutting in line??? , last time the chinese leader was in Shanghai they shut down the highway!!!!

  • Dr Sun

    Just goes to shows that Government running dogs are the same worldwide.

  • Obama

    Listen, I paid for everyone’s meal at that restaurant with my President Black Card. What? You didn’t notice all the ladies smiling at me? AMERICA!

  • Xio Gen

    I think a lot of these guys are being sarcastic.

  • hercm

    geez, arnt you are good slave loving ur servitude. Obama went to Amsterdam to visit the Museum and whole Amsterdam shut down for a whole day for his little personal non-work-related trip. Snipers were standing on rooftops of the residents, while the residents were forbidden to open their windows. Thats ur shitty empreror of a president.

    • God forbid the president try to avoid being assassinated.

      What nerve!

  • NO U!