Looking back: President Barack Obama’s 2014 Austin visit

Jay Janner

Jay Janner

There’s a presidential buzz in the air. He’s coming. President Barack Obama is set to kick off South by Southwest’s interactive portion with a keynote conversation with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith later on today, but if you’re thinking the presidential motorcade is new to these streets, think again.

In fact, during a memorable July 2014 visit Obama got quite the Austin experience. He ate at Franklins BBQ and became the first and, to this day, only person to cut the line. Ever. The people behind him weren’t even mad.

President Barack Obama made an unscheduled stop at Franklins BBQ after his speech downtown and proceeded to cut in line but did buy some patrons their food while shaking hands with people on his way out of town. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

President Barack Obama made an unscheduled stop at Franklins BBQ after his speech downtown and proceeded to cut in line but did buy some patrons their food while shaking hands with people on his way out of town. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

President Barack Obama made an unscheduled stop at Franklins BBQ after his speech downtown and proceeded to cut in line but did buy some patrons their food while shaking hands with people on his way out of town. He shares a hearty laugh with worker Daniel Webb as he processes his order of over $400 in barbecue. American-Statesman/Ralph Barrera

He shared a cup of tea with UT student Kinsey Button at Magnolia Cafe before heading to the Paramount Theatre where he spoke on his economic policies and challenged Republicans in Congress to “do something.” Prior his speech he was heckled by a pair of brothers demanding immigration reform to which he replied, “Sit down, guys, we’ll talk about it later, I promise,” and then followed through.

President Barack Obama stopped off for coffee at Magno9lia Cafe on Lake Austin Blvd. Thursday afternoon July 10, 2014, with University of Texas student Kinsey Button, 20, after she reached out to the President about concerns for her unemployed parents. Button was selected to introduce the president at his speech at the Paramount Theatre later in the day. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

President Barack Obama stopped off for coffee at Magno9lia Cafe on Lake Austin Blvd. Thursday afternoon July 10, 2014, with University of Texas student Kinsey Button, 20, after she reached out to the President about concerns for her unemployed parents. Button was selected to introduce the president at his speech at the Paramount Theatre later in the day. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Ricardo B. Brazziell

Ricardo B. Brazziell

Jay Janner

Jay Janner

Will there be any surprise stops during today’s visit? What sort of lines will POTUS cut? Follow our live coverage of Obama’s visit here, and keep up with road closures here.

Thanks, Obama.

 

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