Mayor Bloomberg is known to speak frankly. Typically his New York city speeches concern the weighty matters of city budgets and policies. But yesterday’s speech was different. This was his hot dog speech, on the eve of Nathan’s Famous 4th July Hot Dog eating competition in Coney Island. And, of course it was a master-class in self-deprecation and official jollity.
He knew that his hot dog speech was oozing with hot dog puns, plenty of sauce and pure frivolity. He relished it, of course.
I don’t think there is any question this City is top dog in the culinary world. Don’t shake your head because there’s a lot more to come. I think we got this script off the word processor from last year…
His ad lib remarks sounded natural…as did his question:
Who wrote this s**t?
I’m sure that was a rhetorical question—one of his people sourced the puns.
Reading from a script, Mayor Bloomberg appeared to be unfamiliar with the lines that he was reading. Or, perhaps he forgot his reading glasses? That’s possible, of course. Because famously, Winnie Mandela lent her reading glasses for this Nelson Mandela speech.
We suspect that the Mayor is an old hand at this event, however. And glasses, or no glasses, he could probably guess most of the hot dog gags in his hot dog speech:
Now let me be perfectly frank, this is one of my favourite traditions, I relish it so much.
Or will one of their dogged pursuers finally ketchup, cut the mustard and be pronounced wiener?
Speaking with good grace and humour the Mayor clearly enjoyed the speech on the eve of Independence Day. And being the good politician that he is, his speech managed to plug the extensive Coney Island investment made by the City. Happy Holidays!
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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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