June 24th, 2014
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John King highlights an incriminating picture of President Obama during his recent trip to Chipotle. Did he overstep his political power here or is it OK for a customer to breach the boundary of the sneeze guard?

Previously in restaurant etiquette:
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Should e-cigarettes be banned from restaurants?
6 wardrobe no-nos for waiters

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  1. xlsdx

    I make it a point to sneeze on purpose whenever I visit Chipotle

    July 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm |
  2. a b

    why isn't he getting a burrito like a real man? my confidence in our leader is shaken

    July 9, 2014 at 9:53 am |
  3. georgiogonzales

    That's a sneeze guard? Hmm. I thought they were so kids didn't reach for the ingredients.

    It's not even at nose height though. Sneeze guard? Was this fact-checked for veracity?

    July 5, 2014 at 4:53 am |
  4. RichardHead

    So what size Cupp does she wear ??

    July 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm |
  5. Lawrence Swyfte

    Let's face it, those "sneeze guards" are so short, the person would have to be under 36 inches tall for them to be of any value.

    July 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm |
  6. T Patrick Henry

    This is equivalent to George H W Bush being fascinated with a grocery store's scanner.

    Bush 41 was ripped over it but this POTUS can't be critiqued otherwise you're a racist!

    June 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm |
  7. Zulfiqar Niazi

    What is next, a snap of President picking his nose when he is on toilet? I mean, Seriously!! This is News? He is a freaking human just like any of us.
    When we read non-sense news like that, we actually harm the environment , since our computers are running and we are wasting energy.

    June 27, 2014 at 5:05 am |
  8. Davey

    My guess is that he had to point at what he wanted because the wait staff didn't speak any English.

    June 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm |
  9. Gewt Ningrich

    Execution would solve this once and for all.

    June 26, 2014 at 8:35 am |
  10. Jeff Brown

    I bet Kim Jung Un has taken this and spread it all over NK with the caption of how the American President loves living in filthy conditions.

    It will backfire however, when the people see that other countries actually have food...

    June 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm |
  11. kenmargo

    You can really tell how hateful/dumb people are when you read some of the comments made. It's a good thing you're not using your real name. Your friends would avoid you.

    The Prez is 6 feet tall. The "Sneeze guard" barely reaches the top of his stomach. Here in NY the guard forms a counter top you can set food on. Whoever designed it should be fired.

    You've heard some of the stories of what goes on in the back room of restaurants. Things much worse than the Prez pointing something out. Yet you eat out every night without a concern. Stop wasting energy hating, vote for people that'll help him and we'll all benefit from him.

    June 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm |
    • Jeff Brown

      It's amazing how partisan division can make anyone blow anything out of proportion.

      He could give every American a new car and they'd bitch it wasn't the brand they wanted. And I am not an Obama supporter at all. It's unreal.

      June 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm |
      • kenmargo

        My point exactly. He's done things I don't like. Heck I voted for Hilary during the primaries because I didn't know who he was. He's not perfect. But at least he cares.

        June 25, 2014 at 8:35 pm |
  12. Politico

    Impeach him and call it a day...

    June 25, 2014 at 9:23 am |
  13. Parrot

    S.E. Cupp is a transgender man.

    June 25, 2014 at 4:48 am |
    • atroyfoster

      If she were a man she would actually be smart.....she's just an ignorant, sour woman in smart glasses.

      June 25, 2014 at 6:43 am |
      • kenmargo

        Ok caveman you can type. Sexist!

        June 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm |
  14. G. Sccott

    Well he's got more than a sneeze guard issue now.

    HIS administration just catered to the desires of Big Oil by allowing the export of oil for the first time since 1975.
    Despite all the claims about caring for the poor, about leveling the field HIS administration did something that no other administration has dared to do in almost 40 years buy this action. He said he wanted to curb our countries use of oil and clearly he's willing to spike gas, diesel and jet fuel prices with this action.

    A sneeze guard 'violation' is small potatoes compared to this action.

    June 25, 2014 at 4:43 am |
    • kenmargo

      Why can't we export oil? We import it. A bigger issue is the oil subsidies (REPUBLICANS WON'T BLOCK THEM). I'm sure everytime you put gas in your car, you appreciate the oil industry getting 5 billion in us subsidies (welfare)

      June 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm |
    • waxonwaxoff

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      Most of our oil from Alaska has been imported to Japan and Asia for like, ever. Very little if any gets to the lower 48. Why? oil companies can sell American oil and make a profit buying mid eastern oil.
      The nasty Canadian oil sands goo get shipped to the Southern US states where air pollution standards do not apply. The pollution from processing this oil is then spread throughout the Midwest. And the majority of the finished products are shipped to Europe.
      All this frick'n frack'n is teaparty stupid. Most of it goes overseas. Case and point: Iraq has a crisis and the price of gas climbs 30 cents a gallon on top of an already over inflated price.
      Oil and energy is important to national defense. America should not leave the defense of this nation to greedy corporations. The oil and energy industry needs to be nationalized for energy independence to become a reality

      June 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm |
      • kenmargo

        " The oil and energy industry needs to be nationalized for energy independence to become a reality"

        I can hear you being called a socialist already!

        We need to wean ourselves off oil. People do not realize how many products have petroleum in them. If you point that out, you'll be called anti-american, taking away people's choice etc. etc.

        June 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm |
  15. PeterD

    President Obama's second term is Lame Duck Presidency !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 25, 2014 at 4:13 am |
    • Hopp Sing

      Lame Duck is lunch special, with rice and eggroll...

      June 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm |
    • kenmargo

      Glad to see you're happy about that. I guess the people that could use help can go to h3ll according to you.I hope you or someone you love isn't in a position of need. Nobody will be able to help you either.

      June 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm |
  16. Reggie

    Reminds me of when President Bush was so amazed by the supermarket checkout laser scanners. There's something about living in the Whitehouse that makes people lose contact with the rest of the USA.

    June 25, 2014 at 3:09 am |
    • kenmargo

      Yet Obama has lost contact with people.

      All he's tried to do is:
      raise the minimum wage.
      Help people get heathcare.
      Kept us out of a depression with a stimulous package.
      Save the auto industry

      Yeah obviously he's lost contact with regular folk.

      June 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm |
  17. mzfitz1215

    seriously who doesn't know that's there for a reason?

    June 25, 2014 at 2:46 am |
    • Dick Gohzinner

      Seems da POTUS don't know dis.

      June 25, 2014 at 2:59 am |
  18. Mary Ann

    It's the end of the world as we know it. And I feel fine.

    June 25, 2014 at 2:41 am |
  19. VladT

    I can only guess what the comments on this thread will be as I scroll down. Again, I will admittedly say I tend to lean conservatively at times, but I hope the masses realize this is an innocent faux pas and non-issue.

    June 25, 2014 at 2:34 am |
    • mzfitz1215

      There's nothing innocent in that who doesn't know you don't do that EVER?

      June 25, 2014 at 2:44 am |
      • VladT

        Yeah, I.....wait....huh?

        June 25, 2014 at 4:03 am |
        • JellyBean

          LM F AO! Vlad, I was thinking the exact same thing. Huh, what?

          June 25, 2014 at 8:08 am |
        • AleeD®

          Looks like mzfitz1215 could be pregnant. She missed a period.

          June 26, 2014 at 7:36 am |
  20. Jschm

    He probably doesn't know why it is there. And of course it doesn't aply to him. Just everyone else.

    June 25, 2014 at 12:26 am |
    • hmcssw

      Remember what he said when he visited Monticello, "That's the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want."

      June 25, 2014 at 12:41 am |
      • kenmargo

        Yeah, I'm sure leaning over a sneeze guard is what he had in mind when he said that.

        June 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm |
  21. scarshapedstar1


    June 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm |
  22. dave

    Even with a restaurant, Osama thinks he's beyond the rules. What a chump!

    June 24, 2014 at 11:29 pm |
  23. Splinter48708

    Sadly, He Who Must Not Be Named just set a precedent for "overreach". Then again, he thinks he's above the Constitution, so a sneeze guard to him is irrelevant.

    June 24, 2014 at 11:03 pm |
    • Splinter48708

      Moderated...figured. Not even an embedded cuss word.

      June 24, 2014 at 11:04 pm |
      • RC


        June 25, 2014 at 5:30 pm |
    • ~ NOP ~

      Too bad Iraq didn't have a sneeze guard when Bush was president.

      June 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
  24. Think

    Think of all we could have accomplished in the time we wasted reading this article and commenting on it. Oh well.

    June 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm |
  25. BR

    We've become sissies. There was this story yesterday on cnn where a young girl was riding next to the open door of a moving bus. She was sitting on the steps in fact. And the bus was not moving fast or anything. Look up "Child rides next to open door of bus"

    Just to let you know I grew up in a country where I took the bus to school every day. Some days I was lucky ride inside. Most days I was hanging out the door with about ten others holding on to the railings of open windows or just anything that I could get a grip on. It was only my toes inside the bus on the last step. Sometimes just one toe!

    Sneeze guard? And don't reach over the sneeze guard?! We have become sissies I say.

    June 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm |
  26. Mimmy

    He was pointing out a string of hair!

    June 24, 2014 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Eric

    Internet splash guard. No there's an idea.

    June 24, 2014 at 10:19 pm |
  28. doug

    Sneeze guard manufacturer says NO reaching over!!!! englishmfg.com

    June 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Kiki

    When you eat out at a place that is like chipotle with a sneeze guard (It can happen at any salad bar) you always run the risk of someone, not just the president, reaching over. Don't like it? Don't eat out. Problem solved.

    June 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Bill Pratt

    This is just like Benghazi all over again!

    June 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Mr. D.

    false sense of protection.

    June 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm |
  32. calvin

    So, did he sneeze ? If not, there was nothing to guard against. And even if people do sneeze with the "sneeze guard" in place, the crap goes all over the place anyway.

    June 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm |
  33. content_pessimist

    Very tacky. but what can you expect from an black guy that has been affirmative actioned all his life..

    June 24, 2014 at 9:27 pm |
    • kenmargo

      I've been waiting for you. The racist is finally here! Hooray.

      June 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
      • GetRealLV

        A buffoon is a buffoon regardless what color he is.....

        June 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm |
      • content_pessimist

        I'ts funny that you didn't deny what I said, only called names. Destraction from the subject is what libs do best.

        June 27, 2014 at 7:45 am |
    • Mike

      Damn, that's a cold a$$ h0nkey

      June 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm |
      • kenmargo

        I bet his azz gets more public as'sistance than the military.

        June 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm |
    • justsaying

      is there a hint of jealousy here? Are you wondering why your b ttocks aren't attracting the attention you think they deserve?

      June 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm |
      • justsaying

        yeah, people like you have two and sometimes its hard to figure out which one is doing your thinking.

        June 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm |
    • Think

      Congratulations, you are the Asshat of the day.

      June 24, 2014 at 10:57 pm |
  34. Scott

    Okay, that is not a sneeze guard; it is angled the wrong way. It would only protect sneezes from someone less than three and a half feet tall, aimed upward at a 45 degree angle. It is for decorative purposes only. The only way to point at something through it is by reaching over it, on account of it being angled entirely the wrong way. Also, I like how people judge the president, saying that he must not be busy if he has time for *fast food*. We've got some real smart cookies out there in 'Murica, because clearly the six minutes it takes to order a burrito is the reason the Middle East has gone to sh*t. It most certainly was not the completely unprovoked, unfounded war that obliterated a functioning, if highly imperfect, government in order to send a message to those who don't want to pay your daddy to build unneccessary infrastructure with unpayable loans in exchange for cheap oil and financial leverage. Nope. It was the burrito.

    June 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm |
    • joeintucker

      nope, if you look at the far end of it, you can see that it is a correct 'sneeze guard', his leaning on it has bent it in the wrong direction, a cheaply built 'sneeze guard' for sure, but it once again shows how out of touch his really is with every day normal people life his is, for everyone knows the rules for 'sneeze guards', except obviously the self appointed king...

      June 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm |
      • kenmargo

        "but it once again shows how out of touch his really is with every day normal people life his is, for everyone knows the rules for 'sneeze guards', except obviously the self appointed king..."

        You're a real schmucko. The prez is trying to increase the minimum wage for people, the republicans are against it. The prez wants healthcare for all, the republicans are against it. Yet the prez is "out of touch" It's a piece of sh1t sneeze guard just like you're a piece of sh1t human being.

        June 24, 2014 at 9:29 pm |
      • Think

        Welcome to Asshat land douchebag.

        June 24, 2014 at 10:59 pm |
      • Think

        Is Tucker your dog or just a good friend?

        June 24, 2014 at 11:05 pm |
    • Dick Gohzinner

      Sorry, but the sneeze guard IS angled correctly over the food. Notice the reflections of the serving / warming trays in the glass. What makes it appear to be angled the wrong way is an optical illusion based on the position of the camera. Additionally, if it was angled out toward the customers, the store would never pass its health inspections.

      June 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm |
    • tflamm

      Nope. The sneeze guard is correct. It's just the reflection of the dishes that makes it look wrong.

      June 25, 2014 at 7:11 am |
  35. Gloria in NW

    Must be a really slow 24 hour cycle, what with the Middle East burning down and all.

    June 24, 2014 at 8:47 pm |
  36. Stevo

    How is this any different from someone reaching in for/over food at a salad bar? He isn't touching it.

    June 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm |
  37. David

    What!? Can't find any real news!? Still looking for missing airplanes? Can we get some real news please, as if there aren't enough serious issues to fill the void.

    June 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm |
  38. Lenny

    This is nothing more than little minds and tabloid news! Now to the food thing...isn't that "sneeze guard" on backwards?

    June 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm |
  39. gravatarfocus


    June 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm |
  40. PaPilot

    Any time a customer reaches across the sneeze guard they are required to discard all of the food in the makeline.

    June 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm |
  41. Jessica McGwin

    Security.... Did he wash his hands with soap? Did he use paper towel to open the door? Dude that is gross. If my kids even think about pulling that crap in public I'll post you 3rd grade report cards on face book. Think I am playing.

    June 24, 2014 at 8:22 pm |
  42. atlantaguy1965

    People get a life – this is no big deal. You all have more germs to worry about in your own kitchen than someone reaching over the shield. There are much worse things that can happen to your food in a restaurant that you would never know. Trust me – I have seen it all in the years I worked in restaurants. If you ever work in one long you either learn to ignore it of you would stop eating all together.

    June 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm |
  43. ariventari

    Its sad to see that celebrity tabloid dribble is an appropriate substitute for real news. As if there isn't anything better to actually report on.

    June 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm |
  44. Irving

    THIS IS LISTED AS A "TOP STORY"????? We need to get new journalists, who have a little perspective.

    June 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm |
  45. Herman

    When a president believes Rex Lex then he thinks he can pretty much do as he wants. I'm surprised he didn't just stick his hands in the bins and help himself to what ever he wanted.

    That is his stye.

    June 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm |
    • kenmargo

      What is rex lex?

      June 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm |
      • RC


        June 25, 2014 at 6:39 pm |
        • AleeD®

          You GO RC!

          June 26, 2014 at 7:37 am |
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