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President visits popular Austin eateries, Magnolia Cafe and Franklin BBQ

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Speaking of food...President Obama's speech at the Paramount on Thursday was "sandwiched" in between stops at a couple of popular Austin eateries: Magnolia Cafe and Franklin Barbecue.

UT alum Shawna Andrew lives in Washington State now. She brought her daughter Cheyenne to her old stomping grounds and much to her surprise, a team of secret service agents walked in to Magnolia for a security sweep.

"We heard that the president was coming and I just kind of got all excited! My legs were moving up and down really fast! Because how often do you get to meet the President," she said.

When the President walked in, he first spoke to UT lecturer Amanda Zippler Isley -- she's friends with the Andrews.

"He said that he liked my tattoo work! I'll have to be sure to pass that on to my friends," she said.

He also commented on Cheyenne's artwork.

"He asked my name, he asked where I lived, how old I was and he commented on one of my drawings that I was doing. And he said that I did a nice color job," Cheyenne sad.

Shawna says the President gave her something pretty special for her son, Travis, who is a Marine Corps Veteran.

"So I was able to talk to the Secret Service until they couldn't stand it anymore and they went out and asked him for a coin and so we got a Presidential Challenge Coin," Shawna said.

After having some hot tea at Magnolia with UT student Kinsey Button and then speaking at the Paramount, the Commander-In-Chief's motorcade pulled up next to Franklin Barbecue for lunch. Employee Daniel Webb says he even bought food for the customers in line behind him.

"Like 9 pounds of brisket, it was like he cleared out the turkey, we're out of turkey! Pecan pie, lemon chess pie and a lot of white bread," Webb said.

Webb says he managed to get a little political chat in too.

"I told that man, equal rights for gay people," he said.

Tyler Campbell and Jason Hart are in town on business. They got to shake his hand.

"I guess we lean differently politically but it's still a real pleasure to shake the hand of the President of the United States, it was really nice," Hart said.

Campbell says it was exciting! But...it didn't make waiting in line any better!

"I was telling my friend here I would have passed on shaking his hand if I could have had a sandwich earlier! But that's okay, I'll wait," he joked.

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