For Barack Obama’s first Austin meal of the day, the president went with tacos from Torchy’s, the local chain. Because of his taco detour, he had to explained to his SXSW keynote audience why he was late. He ordered the politically-themed tacos, the barbacoa Democrat, jalapeno sausage Republican, and fried mushroom Independent. Of course people have many opinions on his choice. Eater rounded up the best Twitter reactions to his Austin pit stop.
Torchy’s Tacos were understandably very happy, and had an order suggestion, too.
When Obama comes to town. #SXSW pic.twitter.com/zB49W3duTD— Torchy's Tacos (@torchystacos) March 11, 2016
Next time Green Chile Queso. #POTUS #SXSW https://t.co/O0UkIivpRY— Torchy's Tacos (@torchystacos) March 11, 2016
White House Political Director David Simas had fun with the taco trip. He even asked White House principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz for recommendations.
Always strong dials with Tacos! https://t.co/iXi51cjSbj— David Simas (@Simas44) March 11, 2016
Hey @Schultz44, what looks good? pic.twitter.com/KqkXf6lk5F— David Simas (@Simas44) March 11, 2016
Obama treated Austin Mayor Steve Adler to a taco, who added his two cents on what the visit meant for tacos in Texas.
FYI, stopping for tacos with the President does not violate the terms of the I-35 Accord with San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/3Yh74kPu1e— Mayor Steve Adler (@MayorAdler) March 11, 2016
SXSW moderator and and editor in chief of Texas Tribune Evan Smith was thankful for Obama's lunch trip, if only because it answered a pressing question (and he agreed with his choice).
Guess I no longer need to ask @POTUS the all-important @torchystacos vs @tacodeli question #rightanswer— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) March 11, 2016
Others had order suggestions. Some wished he ordered the Trailer Park or or the Dirty Sanchez instead, if only because he would have to said those words out loud.
Disappointed that he didn't order a Trailer Park. #keeptrying #sxsw2016 https://t.co/Rni9VZnIBt— Jim Henson (@jamesrhenson) March 11, 2016
Did he order a republican? Or a dirty sanchez?? https://t.co/jTQ7OO0TSg— Jennifer (@runlikeagrrl) March 11, 2016
The big question: queso?
But did he get the queso?! @POTUS https://t.co/4Z4XrzOaMs— Sarah Baker (@sarahrunsla) March 11, 2016
Someone else figured Obama went to Torchy's because Franklin Barbecue's line was just too much this time.
@margaretvm I guess the Franklin BBQ line was long. @eateraustin— Danh Hoang (@danhhoang) March 11, 2016
Someone else appreciated the politically-balanced order.
A reasonable and bipartisan order! https://t.co/tENgJKGaLM— Katy D. Steiner (@KatyDunlap) March 11, 2016
Two people debated whether or not Obama would’ve ordered his tacos trashy (covered in queso).
@StinaLeicht @EaterAustin Did he have it trashy?— Ian McDonald (@iannmcdonald) March 11, 2016
Someone imagined his reaction to the trio of tacos.
#POTUS had Torchy's before his #SXSW keynote. Was seen tilting hand & overheard saying "Meh... I've had better" https://t.co/0YytrQ4qHb— NINJ5 (@NINJ5) March 11, 2016
One person thought Obama should’ve gone to Austin’s other taco chain instead.
Bad intelligence. Should have been at @tacodeli >> President Obama Stops Motorcade for Torchy’s Tacos https://t.co/xWgD84bk0U— Jason Kapler (@JasonKapler) March 11, 2016
Or have gone to a place with more authentic tortillas.
@EaterAustin he should have at least went to a spot with real "homemade" tortillas— Paul Galvan (@chopemhookem) March 11, 2016
Another person didn’t agree with Torchy’s price points.
3 tacos for 18 bucks is ridiculous. https://t.co/LjgrgJQNkt— steveatx (@stharl74) March 11, 2016