The last thing that Obama needs right now is another scandal. But these days, the guy seems to be collecting them rather than avoiding them.
You can call this one “SneezeGuardgate.”
On Monday afternoon, just before addressing the White House Summit on Working Families, President Obama stopped by a local Chipotle restaurant in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. for a burrito bowl and a conversation with concerned moms and dads.
While standing in line and discussing burrito-customization options with several Chipotle employees, Obama committed a major breach of protocol.
As POTUS stood at the counter, he indicated which of the various food items appealed to his Presidential palate. However, Obama found it necessary to reach clear over the sneeze guard glass and point directly at the ingredients, violating several health codes and flouting societal norms in the process.
White House photographer Pete Souza captured the incident here:
Pres Obama orders his burrito bowl at a Chipotle today before lunch w participants in the working families summit. pic.twitter.com/eVXgeYlYDe
— petesouza (@petesouza) June 24, 2014
As expected, people on Twitter did not take too kindly to President Obama infringing on the sacred zone of the sneeze guard. In fact, many users saw parallels between this action and the man’s attitude toward other established doctrine like the Constitution. One gets the feeling that there is not much that Obama finds sacred.
Here are 15 of the best tweets mocking the President for clearly overstepping the boundaries of hygiene and etiquette at a DC-area Chipotle earlier this week:
Of course Obama would do this at chipotle smh pic.twitter.com/4VKQ3rd3hb
— America (@Drunk_America) June 25, 2014
'Sir, we're going to have to ask that you don't reach over the glass…' “@petesouza: Obama orders at Chipotle… pic.twitter.com/YIXvbQPrC5”
— Nathan Ryan (@nthnryn) June 24, 2014
GET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT SNEEZE GUARD YOU MONSTER! YOU AREN'T ABOVE THE LAW pic.twitter.com/o014OwO9fH
— John (@Noozy642) June 24, 2014
@petesouza Clearly the sneeze guard wasn't showing enough leadership. So he had to go around it.
— Jack Young (@GodTexasCountry) June 24, 2014
PRESIDENTIAL OVERREACH pic.twitter.com/t0R2m74FWk
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) June 24, 2014
I think we can all agree that Obama reaching over the glass at Chipotle is grounds for impeachment, if not exile
— JustinGreen∞ (@JGreenDC) June 24, 2014
Iconic presidential images: FDR at Yalta Kennedy in Berlin Reagan at Reykjavik Obama ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle
— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 24, 2014
First they came for the Chipotle glass sneeze guards, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Chipotle glass sneeze guard
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) June 24, 2014
Obama: "Lemme get some of that, uh, pinko de gayo, there." Chipotle Employee: "I voted for the gringo." pic.twitter.com/LRDXulu63e
— Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) June 24, 2014
Breaking: Obama comes out for open borders at Chipotle.
— Will Antonin (@Will_Antonin) June 24, 2014
Barack Obama picking out lunch. pic.twitter.com/MMZt8TTVj0
— Яob (@robx_d) June 24, 2014
The entire world's reaction when Obama visited @Chipotle #COPolitics pic.twitter.com/gmgM8kR0VZ
— Owen (@OwenKeith) June 24, 2014
President Obama bypassing the sneeze guard like it's Congress #ChiPOTUS pic.twitter.com/JFhRb0LMut
— Brendan Adamec (@BrendanAdamec) June 24, 2014
@BarackObama illustrated executive overreach at Chipotle. pic.twitter.com/dV7HbbyH5Z
— Turning Point USA (@TurningPointUSA) June 26, 2014
Obama at Chipotle vs. Romney at Chipotle. pic.twitter.com/NfTQAJZ6rK
— Total Frat Move (@totalfratmove) June 25, 2014