President Barack Obama sent social media into a feeding frenzy yesterday after a visit to Franklin Barbecue in Austin.
The Commander-in-chief gave Franklin employee Daniel Rugg Webb a presidential fist bump in support of LGBT rights after Rugg delivered a gay joke at the register.
The gay employee, who is also a comedian and musician, was on duty at the register as the president came up to pay for more than $300 worth of takeout, according to The Austin Chronicle reports.
Webb slapped the counter and shouted, “Equal rights for gay people!” Obama asked, “Are you gay?” and Webb replied, “Only when I have sex.”
“That’s when he laughed and said, ‘Bump me,’” Webb told the Chronicle.
“It was just a lucky day to be the register girl,” Webb added.
A photograph of the fist bump was circulated on Twitter:
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“As a comedian, it was cool to have a moment where I was making a sitting president laugh — over something that might be considered inappropriate is a bonus,” Webb told BuzzFeed Saturday.
He said he is pleased that Obama is a strong supporter of gay rights, but he wishes the president would be tougher on antigay politicians, such as Texas governor Rick Perry. “If Rick Perry would’ve walked in, I would have lost my job,” Webb told the Chronicle.
Webb added that he’s carrying on a family tradition of meeting presidents; his mother got to shake hands with John F. Kennedy in Fort Worth just hours before his assassination in Dallas.
He also noted that Obama readily engaged with others at the restaurant. One woman handed him a note that said “Stop Deportations” and “They had kind of a real conversation, direct,” Webb told the Chronicle. “You don’t just get face time with world leaders. I was impressed that he had a serious conversation with somebody in the middle of what would be a photo op.”