President Obama has lunch at Stubb's BBQ

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by ANDY PIERROTTI / KVUE News

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Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 10:20 PM

AUSTIN -- President Barack Obama made some time to have lunch with a few Central Texas workers Thursday at Stubb's BBQ in downtown Austin.

KVUE's Andy Pierrotti was the only Austin reporter at Stubb's when the president arrived.

On President Obama's plate - ribs, brisket and sweet ice tea. At the table sat four lucky Austinites - a teacher, nurse, construction worker and a salon owner.

"I was overwhelmed before I even came…We were all pretty nervous," Austin salon owner Agnes Wommscy said.

All were told to keep this visit a secret until Thursday.

"I told my husband and my mother…shhh!" Austin teacher Caroline Sweet joked.

It was a chance of lifetime to talk about issues important to them.

"Being a new father, talking about education…That was extremely important," said Tyson Simmons, an Austin nurse. "It's such an amazing experience."

"He was just asking me about the construction industry here in Austin and I told him it's pretty healthy," Austin Contractor Joe Alonzo said.

"And then at the end I was actually able to thank him for supporting gay rights," Wommscy added.

A veteran sitting at the table next door also left with a special memory.

"Every moment…it was just priceless," Army Veteran Myron Thorn said.

All were grateful the president took the time visit an Austin landmark and break bread with them.

KVUE's Andy Pierrotti shot this video on his phone as President Obama entered Stubb's and greeted everyone.

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