[Fred, who sent me this one, prefaced it by writing, “You’ll love this.” He was right. I do. I also hate it.]
News Item ( Austin 360):
“Following his speech at the Paramount, President Obama’s motorcade traveled to Franklin Barbecue on East 11th Street. The restaurant is well known for its great brisket and extremely long waits, but the president circumvented that using the powers of his office. “I know this is a long line. I feel real bad, but – I’m gonna cut,” Obama said, according to a pool report from the Statesman’s Chuck Lindell. [Owner] Aaron Franklin told the Statesman’s Ciara O’Rourke that nobody cuts the line at Franklin … except Obama.”
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz of the Day:
Is it ethical for the President of the United States to cut into a line for goods or services?
Can you guess my answer?
It’s not just “no,” but “Hell, no!”
Talk about the Imperial Presidency! There is no basis, justification or excuse whatsoever for the President to cut into line under these circumstances, especially by saying, “I’m gonna cut.” The proper answer to that, my friends, is “No, you’re not, Mister President. Why don’t you ask politely, and maybe everyone ahead of you will be magnanimous and agree?” Continue reading