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. His speech, on the eve of Nathan’s Famous 4th July Hot Dog eating competition in Coney Island, was a master-class in self-deprecation and official jollity.
He knew that his speech was oozing with hot dog puns, plenty of sauce and pure frivolity. He relished it, of course.
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, he appeared to be unfamiliar with the lines that he was reading. We suspect that he’s an old hand at this event, however, and could probably guess many of the hotdog gags in his 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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