Austin barbecue employee says Obama fist bump was for gay rights
But now there’s another photo of the president mid-bump circulating around the Internet, which has more to it than meets the eye. Obama gave a speech in Austin, Tex., on Thursday, and after the event, he, like so many other visitors to the state capitol, couldn’t resist a stop at Franklin Barbecue.
There, he was photographed at the register pounding fists with the cashier.
While many assumed the president was just delighted to be taking home some world-class brisket (and that he got to skip the hours-long line), there’s actually more to the story.
The cashier in the photo is Daniel Rugg Webb, an Austin comedian, musician, and part-time employee at the barbecue restaurant. According to the Austin Chronicle, which interviewed Webb after his encounter with the president, the fist bump actually followed Webb’s call for gay equality:
As the president approached, Webb threw his hand down and slapped the counter dramatically. "Equal rights for gay people!"
"Are you gay?" the president asked.
"Only when I have sex."
"That's when he laughed and said, 'Bump me,'" Webb says.
Webb noted that if it was Texas's conservative Governor Rick Perry who entered the restaurant, it probably wouldn’t have gone as nicely.
President Obama shares a light moment Mayor Mike Rawlings, with Gov. Rick Perry at the end of the table. pic.twitter.com/kE9GcPbjoF— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) July 9, 2014
Armory builds Iron Man a suit worthy of the Norse gods
Tony Stark would be the most stylish hero in Asgard with this leather armor.18k
Dudes build huge real-life gundam so the U.S. can fight Japan in a giant robot battle
Japan, you have one year to name the battlefield.16k
Radio station proves Kanye West doesn't hold a candle to Freddie Mercury
Nothing really matters—especially this cover.12k
Cardinals fire employee associated with Astros 'hack'
One of the first dominoes has fallen in the Cardinals-Astros scandal.
The 3 biggest questions heading into the ESL ESEA final
The first edition of the ESL ESEA Pro League is coming to a head this weekend with $250,000 on the line.23