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?

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  1. Pandamonius

    Reading the headline, I was all set to come in here screaming "Unsanitary! Impeach! Benghazi!!"

    Then I saw the picture and realized some yahoo installed the sneezeguard backwards. It'd be hard NOT to reach over that thing.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm |
    • Wong Zhou

      I think that sneeze guard is meant to prevent Chipotle employees from sneezing on customers.

      June 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm |
    • CrispyBacon

      Incorrect – look at where it meets the wall at the far right. The reflection of the food makes it look slanted the wrong way but it's an optical illusion. And it's gross no matter who does that.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
  2. Rob

    It's just his telepromter - so he 'knows what to say' when asking for food.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm |
  3. jeremy

    Well I guess only poor people really know what a sneeze guard is. See those workers that could all sneeze in the food, that means not a sneeze guard. Sneeze guard is for when customers serve themselves. Come on, and funy part they don't care if it is wrong they said there bull now they will let it wonder.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm |
  4. Kay

    REALLY? If you post here, I hope you don't eat at a buffet restaurant. The burger you order where you don't see the amount of sneezes that goes into it, you may want to consider your ignorant comments. And now to you, 'want to be politician', good will never be good and bad will always be bad for you. Please everyone, refocus on real life.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
  5. Fiona

    Yet another reason to dislike that man. Yuck!

    June 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
    • Chris O.

      Like you really needed more after the first day you saw his picture.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
      • Fiona

        What an ignorant reply, Chris. He's actually rather handsome. I dislike his performance in office.

        June 25, 2014 at 3:06 am |
  6. bribarian

    Obongo doesnt understand sneeze guards, he's from Kenya.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm |
    • bungabunga


      June 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm |
    • Chris O.

      And you obviously don't understand much either from the looks of it.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
  7. JDC

    Frankly, I think it's the fault of Chipotle management. I contacted them years ago about an inadequate sneeze guard in one of its restaurants in SoCal. They responded with a PC letter and did nothing to retrofit the glass. So, the patrons will continue to poke their hands, kids (and believe it or not, small dogs) over the guard. I don't eat there anymore, nor should any health-conscious person. I guess the stock price isn't high enough yet for this easy fix to be affordable?!! Shame on you, Chipotle!! :(

    June 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm |
    • Wendy

      Nancy Pelosi is on the case…Nuff said.

      June 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm |
    • Fiona

      I tried a Chipotle once out of curiosity (succumbing to all the PC hype about their business). The food was standard sort-of-Mexican fast food. Really bad. I don't get the appeal at all.

      June 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm |
  8. No one

    One of the perks to being somewhat tall, though I think I have 2 inches on the President. I'm not sure why he felt the need to reach over it in that particular case.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm |
  9. billbfit

    Megalomania at its finest. This guy has lost it!

    June 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm |
    • Chris O.

      Did the guy that rallied a whole nation to invade a country that his dad had beef with (and cost us thousands of beautiful Americans in the process) have a strain of megalomania too; or was that something more acute?

      June 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
  10. JFL

    1. It's not a sneeze guard.

    Sneeze guards are on buffets and salad bars and are appropriately put at a height and angle to be below most noses and above arms. What that piece of glass does is prevent hot splatter and the condiments from hitting the customers' clothes and/or person. It's why they're chest high and not angled below your nose and open so you can reach through. Reaching over and pointing, not a problem; no touching of food over the glass.

    2. Really? Some fact checking here CNN. That's NOT a sneeze guard and therefore nothing of offense vis-a-vis health code to my knowledge, though it does vary state-to-state (STATES RIGHTS! whistle going off). Sensationalist nonsense grab for ad impressions. Now there's something there ought to be a law against.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm |
  11. CausinAScene

    WHOA!.... That's not even a regulation "Sneeze Guard" it's tilted the wrong way..there is NO way that would deflect even a minor sneeze or other debris from reaching the food serving area...As someone who has worked in the food industry for 33 years, even before there were "Sneeze Guards" and having seen many different types/models over the years. I have to say honestly, that whatever is installed there is installed incorrectly, If indeed that is supposed to be acting as a "Sneeze Guard" ..it is more likely to keep customers from reaching over as Mr. Obama clearly didn't understand or comprehend.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm |
    • CrispyBacon

      Look at where it meets the wall – it is installed correctly, it's just the reflection throwing you off.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
  12. FredM

    "Sneeze-guards" can be a real pain for tall people (I'm 6'5"), especially the buffet style ones, which, if they are lower than the norm, will be easier for me to reach over them, if possible. If not possible, then getting to anything in the back row is almost impossible.

    In this case with Obama, it wasn't a serve yourself deal though, so that does change things. Also, as you can see, the angle of the "sneeze-guard" faces out, which would seem to make it hard for anyone to point out what they want. Combine that with his height, and that he was only pointing to what he wanted (as far as I can tell), this is one of the few times that I will say that he did nothing wrong.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
  13. Pander Bear

    ERMIGERD!!! Der Prersidernt put hid hand oder the sneeze gerd! Dis proves he's a Commernist Sociawrist Murslim bent on hurding Amurikins! Where's ma Assert Rifer!! I'm merching on Chipertle. Bengherzi!!! Bengherzi!!!

    June 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm |
    • JFL


      June 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm |
  14. goblackhawks

    CNN .. where are the stories on the IRS, Fast and Furious ,etc. this is news .. Where is the story about another (almost) 100 kids being kidnapped in Africa (what no hashtag campaign ) .. CNN and TMZ hard hitting news at it's finest ... no wonder why FOX news kicks your b@$# in the ratings. Keep the low info voting people uninformed .. that way they vote for Hillary next.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm |
    • Hogan's Goat

      Those things have all come and gone, and since your side couldn't gin up an anti-government riot about them, they don't matter now. But by all means show us how far out of touch with reality you are. Spew some hatred about people you've never met. We ARE going to vote for Hillary; she's not perfect but she's not spewing and barking like you. She probably won't do a perfect job either, but she won't try to declare war on Westeros or You Becky Stan either.

      June 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm |
  15. bs1

    He should have better taste than to eat at Chipotle. Try going to a proper taqueria for vastly better food.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm |
    • Wendy

      Taco Bell told him and his entourage to Phuck OFF…Need a Waffle ??

      June 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm |
      • JFL

        Drunk troll! don't feed it!

        June 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm |
  16. Jason

    Another example of the meaning noise that CNN tries to pass off as news. Sigh...

    June 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm |
    • Jason


      June 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm |
  17. Juan

    The employees don't have a sneeze guard. I guess they don't sneeze.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm |
    • AleeD®

      They're supposed to be trained in health dept. regs. That level of consciousness from general pubic is not.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm |
    • CausinAScene

      No employees do sneeze,.. but if one does in the serving area(especially if one has a minor cold) the regulations would require that the food service area(the side their serving from) be totally swapped out and replaced with new food and sanitized correctly..

      June 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm |
  18. Seriously

    If this is seriously news-worthy, then this country really is in trouble. Freedom of the press is one thing, but this is ridiculous. I mean, come on. I'm not a fan, but this pushes the boundaries of sensibility. This is a report on REACHING OVER A DAMN SNEEZE GUARD. How about you start reporting on the corruption in all aspects of government, not just a particular party, or the erosion of individual rights? How about the illegal executive orders, or inability of congress to stop, say how do we fix this, and then work together in small steps to make a notable difference?

    This is why we're being seen as a laughing stock in the modern world. How about we, as Americans, pull our heads of the dark, dank spot they're stuck, and do something?

    June 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm |
  19. You got to be kidding!

    You self-appointed so-called moral compass of the nation need to take a reality check. If you think this is news, what is next . . . whether a kid that picks a bugger and will it or not! Let’s start focusing on what it is really important!

    June 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm |
  20. Hogan's Goat

    I'd be humiliated to admit I feared someone so abjectly and superstitiously as you loons hate and fear both Obama and Hillary. He eats at Chipotle, you go INSANE. She goes on a book tour, you go INSANE. Really, it isn't hard to understand. You live in a fantasy world where "liberalism" is some kind of horrid religion that no same person would follow, and since it's not and you have no idea what it actually is, you keep attacking straw men. "They're taking our guns!" No, they aren't. You keep shrieking and YOU might be personally disarmed as dangerous, but the rest of us calm people will have our guns right here.
    Pretending the president is a 'dictator' just makes you sound like high school kids in a drama class.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm |
  21. xxx

    He has said it before, "I'm the president, I can do what I want". Looks like he is living up to his words.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm |
  22. bmike

    Really..this is news..i mean if Obama moves a pencil on a table that's news..you all need to focus more on real issues than trying to knit pic everything he does..worry about the wingnuts in congress with their extreme views..that's who you need to be watching...the tea party nuts..put them looneys under the microscope...thx

    June 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm |
    • Crane Kick

      as the tax payer funding your welfare check, please drink yourself to death at a faster pace. TIA

      June 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm |
  23. Darrell

    He should be banned from Chipoltle for life.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm |
  24. Juan Burley

    Looks like grounds for impeachment for me.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm |
  25. Crane Kick

    SMOOTH UP IN YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm |
  26. sandy

    I bet he double dips too.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm |
    • Monica Lewdinski

      That's what Hillary said…No, Wait...

      June 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm |
  27. gstlab3

    more evidence he has no clue what he is doing., He's an uncultured bafoon in my book.
    He checks out other women and his wife notices.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm |
    • sybilquestion

      Okay, let's get real here. Men are men and CANNOT help being the P*I*G*S* they are. However, viewing discretion is advised. LOL.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm |
    • Chris O.

      Beat Hilary, you said that. Beat McCain, you said that. Beat Romney and on the homestretch, and you are still on this BS about him not knowing what he is doing? He was elected by a vast majority; remember? My hunch is that he knows what he is doing. But that's just me.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm |
  28. Dana

    This is news? Our bridges are falling apart, our children are badly educated, rapists and pedophile are released to re-offend, and THIS is what you found worth reporting?
    Wake me up when we get some real journalists again.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
  29. Doug

    The guard....(shuddering)...beware the guard...(eyes roll back in head, shuddering deepens)...beware the guard...

    June 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm |
  30. Fedup

    That's not a sneeze-guard, it's only there to keep their horrible slop from flying onto the customers' clothes when they dish it out. Maybe Chipotle should consider installing one though judging by the response from CNN! If you want sanitary food, make it yourself!

    June 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm |
  31. Ferrous Boiler

    I just love how you guys "know" this stuff:
    *. I think the problem is that he believes he can and should do whatever he wants with no regard for the consequences on others.
    *he became president for power and corporate interests, not for the American people.
    And I love how only the Conservatives call him the Messiah. You must see something in him that we don't. He's a senator we elected president, and when his term's up, we're hiring Hillary for his job. Maybe in ten more years we can clean up after Dubya's mess. She won't be a Messiah either to us, but to you? Superstition rules!

    June 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
    • Chris O.

      And that made perfect sense to you

      June 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm |
  32. Mike

    Obama is a touchy/feely sort of person that would invade your personal space if he were engaged in a conversation with you. This is not a matter of national security, so it's being blown out of proportion, but he does need to have someone teach him about basic etiquette.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm |
  33. Ferrous Boiler

    We explained twenty times what they were to the new boss, but he made us take them down anyway. He was so pleased with himself until the Health Inspector walked in, said "Wow, it's TRUE," and cited him for a violation. Then he was even madder at us for not explaining what they were.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm |
  34. Kris

    This is important why?

    June 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm |
  35. Giovanni

    This is not that serious. We have more pressing matters. Plus no individual has any idea of the horros that take place behind the sneeze guard after hours or the food itself where it has been or came from, And I personnally do not see him touching nor sneezing on the food. And Our President seems clean and dirt free. He doesn't get his hands dirty.!

    June 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm |
  36. Honest Citizen

    Never going to eat there. If the health dept sees this, they should be shut down until corrected. The design is faulty and should not allow fools to reach the foodstuff.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm |
    • jrzydvl

      I'm getting the creeps just thinkning about that bright yellow horse enclosure restaurant. The help your slef knid of buffet. I think I'll go smoke a brisket...at home.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm |
  37. flyingsquidmedia

    Right? This is TOTALLY the faux pas the media should be reporting on instead of any one of the dozens of real problems this administration has.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm |
    • sybilquestion

      It's called "deflection." But I am surprised at the President doing this. It does show poor manners and in his position he should ALWAYS be setting the example.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm |
  38. Teriander

    That sneeze guard glass is obviously too low. Especially for American men who mostly stand at the same height or a little shorter than Obama. Even if Obama wasn't reaching over the glass and he decided to sneeze, the guard glass would have been useless.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm |
  39. S.Dennis

    I do it all the time! Make them taller for us taller people if it's such a problem.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm |
  40. Dave

    Wow. The media and their Republican masters sure are pathetic.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm |
    • Steve-O

      You're freaking hilarious!

      June 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
  41. Bill D.

    I can't view the video, cause I'm at work. I have no idea what this whole article is about.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm |
    • gg

      are you stupid? its pretty obvious what its about without even watching the video.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
  42. Jeff

    He's the President. He can do what he wants.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm |
    • TooClose2DC

      Wrong Answer! The President may have a wide range of liberties, but he cannot do whatever he wants.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
      • Jeff

        I beg to differ which is why we put the correct person in the job – so they don't abuse it.

        June 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
        • David

          Your begging makes no difference. Futhermore, to say any President is "the right man" is not only subjective but naive. IMO, he will go down in history as one of the worst...wait and see.

          June 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm |
    • Crane Kick

      The Messiah can do no wrong!

      June 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
      • Chris O.

        He is human and can; but this isn't one worthy of public scrutiny.

        June 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
    • Eric

      It certainly seems like that has been his policy since he stepped in office based on what little concern he has for lying to the public and getting himself in trouble with scandals. I think the problem is that he believes he can and should do whatever he wants with no regard for the consequences on others.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm |
  43. jeff coon

    cnn makes no mention of the constitutional violations by the POTUS, but when he reaches over a sneeze guard, their all over it!

    June 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm |
  44. Jim

    Maybe he is hoping to spread the Democrat virus by infecting the food.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm |
    • Jeff

      If we could be so lucky

      June 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm |
  45. 123elle

    Oh for heaven's sake, what a bunch of trivial nothing. Find something else to write your article about.

    June 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm |
    • MrFreeze

      It isn't trivial. I would be upset if I saw anybody doing that, not just the President.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
      • JFL

        Yeah, because the flies and other airborne vernon can't already get at the open air containers. No, you put some guys finger two feet over it, that's the clincher? What planet are you from?

        June 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm |
  46. TPM

    ugh.... black or pinto beans.... they don't have refried beans...chipotle fail

    June 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
  47. Gerry

    If a law does not suit President Obama he just finds a way to circumvent, even laws he signed.
    This is very dangerous. Remember Tricky Dickey? Helllooooo? Anybody home?

    June 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm |
    • Chris O.

      If the guy walked in and had SS order everybody out, I'll say OK, some of the comments here bring it home. But you go on this political firing squad over a tall guy reaching over a food barrier. So you really believe he put some thought into it right before then chose to proceed with breaching the barrier? Loonie!

      June 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm |
  48. Stefan

    The sneeze guard is facing the wrong way. It should be angled over the food, not toward the customers.

    June 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm |
    • JC

      It is angled over the food.

      June 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm |
      • MIke

        It's not angled at all. look where it ends at the wall against the tile. The reflection of the food bins is making you think it's angled.


        June 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
      • politico123

        Where did you learn geometery? The guards are angled the wrong way, they should be over the food, with the top pointing towards the servers. If any tall person sneezed towards the food, the glass would act as a nice slide right into your burrito fixings.

        June 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm |
        • Steve-O

          Where did you learn to observe? Look beyond POTUS...follow the glass all the way to the wall....Its at a 90degree angle. Either that or have you never been to Chipotle and don't know their "cookie cutter" interior.

          June 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
    • AleeD®

      While it Chipotle's single angle shield is mounted at 90 degrees to the counter, there is no way to keep people from reaching over those "sneeze shields" when they want to. Subway has among the best shields. Yet I still see neanderthals reaching over and pointing at food because, apparently, words have failed them.

      *grunt* Must have that pepper on my sub. Food good. *grunt* Sheesh.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm |
      • RichardHead

        I must agree…The angle of the dangle MUST be incorporated into the final design….It is a Christian Organization anyway.

        June 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm |
  49. shaydiej

    How in the world does that stop a sneeze? It's not even face-height. It looks useless.

    June 24, 2014 at 12:40 pm |
    • JC

      Well, normally customers aren't draped over it (I hope).

      June 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm |
    • BHO

      I Can't Read,I Can't Lead,but I can say….These Rules Don't Apply to ME.

      June 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm |
      • Jeff

        Why don't you try that job for one day let alone 8 years.

        June 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm |
        • Rule of Law

          In one day,ALL Illegal Aliens ( Yeah,that's right ) would be deported back to their home country's…( I do have compassion ),Our involvement into a 1,000 year old civil war would end…..And–I would MANDATE, Rule of LAW precedes any Constitutional changes. It's NOT Hard to figure out. You may now begin your Debate, Oh, and here's some Kool-aid to drink in case you get parched.

          June 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm |
    • RZ70

      Useless is a bit harsh... I'm mean the man's sometimes misguided (pretty much all of our Presidents have been at one point or another), but his heart's probably in the right place.

      June 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm |
      • Anon

        No, it isn't. Do you think Cheney's heart is in the right place? Clinton and Cheney are our top 2 evil politicians. cheney is a war mongerer. clinton is a child rapist defender and liar.

        bar none they are the two most evil people in politics, both should be hanged for their crimes. Obama isn't on their level, but he's still a bad president. he became president for power and corporate interests, not for the American people.

        June 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm |
        • ludetrouble

          You definitely forgot about the 2 most misguided and ignorant presidents that has ever run the country. Bush Sr. and Jr. no matter what your thoughts are on Obama, to mention Clinton and Cheny but leave out bush 1 and 2 is pathetic and really shows what is wrong with this country today. everyone is so petty and ignorant to facts, base all of their opinions off of biased far left or far right wing sources and get sucked into the mass media that get paid by these morons to support their parties. leave the petty BS behind and support your commander and Chief. Regardless of whether or not you agree with him or his policies he was voted in by the masses and as an American citizen you have agreed to live by these laws of democracy. If you don't like it leave.

          June 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm |
    • Patrice

      I was thinking the same thing- reaching over issues aside, the 'sneeze guard' doesn't seem like it would be all that effective for anyone taller than an Oompa Loompa.

      June 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm |
      • RichardHead

        He was just practicing Whack–A Mole so he can beat his daughters at the game.

        June 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm |
  50. Brody

    To paraphrase: you're gonna need a bigger shield.

    June 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm |
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