Obama Asks Cashier: ‘Are You Gay?’ and That’s Not Even the Most Awkward Part of the Exchange

by Andrew Johnson

Mark this down as yet another bizarre interaction during the president’s fundraising trip last week.

During his recent trip to Austin, Texas — after shaking hands with a guy wearing a horse head in Denver — President Obama’s had an exchange with an employee of a popular joint that is raising eyebrows. When the president got up to the register (after cutting in line) at Franklin Barbecue, he was met by cashier Daniel Rugg Webb.

“Equal rights for gay people,” Webb said to the president.

“Are you gay?” President Obama asked, which apparently is a perfectly acceptable, not weird thing to ask that doesn’t involve making any assumptions.

“Only when I’m having sex,” the cashier responded. 

The president laughed at Webb’s comment, before saying, “Not in front of the kids.” The two bumped fists before President Obama went on his way.

Webb, who is also a comedian, told the Austin Chronicle that it was “a lucky day to be the register girl,” and regretted not wearing his yellow sequined dress he occasionally wears to work. Instead, Webb will wear his humorous interaction with the president with honor.

“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,” he told BuzzFeed.