President Barack Obama has great taste. When the president visited Austin in summer 2014, he made a pit stop at Franklin Barbecue for famous brisket. This time around, he went for damn good tacos.
On Friday, the president traveled to Austin for a buzzworthy SXSW appearance. Amid his extremely busy schedule — the White House itinerary says he departs Austin Friday evening — POTUS found time to grab a bite at Torchy's Tacos.
En route to the Long Center for his SXSW keynote address, the presidential motorcade stopped at the Torchy's Tacos on South First Street. According to a flurry of tweets from journalists, Obama snagged tacos for himself, his staff, and Mayor Steve Adler.
In a politically correct move, Obama ordered a Democrat (beef barbacoa), a Republican (jalapeño sausage), and an Independent (fried portobello). "Because I'm bipartisan," reports Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason.
A well-rounded order if you ask us. The only thing missing? Torchy's hatch chile queso, but as Adler explains, "You don't order queso when you're in the motorcade."
After his SXSW appearance, the president will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Convention event. He then departs for Dallas. First lady Michelle Obama will also appear at SXSW 2016. She speaks as part of SXSW Music on March 16.