During his visit to the cultural mecca of Austin, Texas President Obama stopped by to sample the famous cuisine at Franklin Barbeque. Sounds innocent enough, but the air was soon filled with gay sex — or at least the conversation was. Daniel Rugg Webb, a 32-year-old comedian-musician, who also works as a cashier at the eaterie, wasn’t about to let an opportunity to nudge the leader of the free world to do even more for LGBT equality.
BuzzFeed reports the following exchange took place between the two men on July 10:
“Equal rights for gay people!” he exclaimed.
Obama reacted without missing a beat. “Are you gay?”
Taken aback by the directness of the question, he said, Webb responded, “Only when I’m having sex!”
The president laughed, then, realizing there was a group of children near the two, said, “Not in front of the kids!”
The two men bumped fists and that was that.
“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 later. He also mentioned that he’d hoped to get in a dig at Rick Perry, the state’s antigay governor who may run for president in 2016, but it didn’t pan out.
“I would like to see Rick Perry negatively influenced by any kind of attention,” he added. “Even Obama laughing at something as, hopefully, acceptable as sexuality can show the difference.”
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