There are lots of hot takes to be made about hot dogs.
Obviously the “Is it a sandwich?” debate is the most famous one, but there’s another debate that gives even that one a run for its money: ketchup or no? Well, this weekend, the leader of the free world weighed in on that very subject.
President Obama only has a couple of months left in office, and obviously won’t be running for anything again, so he’s freed up to give his unbiased opinion on all the important hot dog issues of the day.
Sunday night, while appearing on the season premiere of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, President Obama was asked by Bourdain if ketchup on a hot dog was acceptable. Now buckle your seat belt:
“No,” Obama said quickly. “I mean that … that’s one of those things like, well, let me put it this way, it’s not acceptable past the age of 8.”
According to the Charlotte Observer, this isn’t the first time President Obama has made his opinion of hot dogs well known. Back in June of 2011, Obama specifically told the mayor of Toledo, Ohio Michael Bell that he shouldn’t put ketchup on his hot dog. After Obama’s comments, Chicago area columnist Cecil Adams wrote about why the President is right:
“Ketchup smothers the flavor of the hot dog because ketchup makers add sugar to their products,” Adams wrote. “That takes the edge off the highly acidic tomatoes, but it takes the edge off everything else, too.”
Unsurprisingly, a lot of people said they agreed with President Obama’s hot take.
Obama no bullshit said straight up that "no one should put ketchup on a hot dog after the age of 8" why the fuck can't he have a 3rd term
— Travis Coelacanth (@Bananahwang) September 26, 2016
— WXRT Chicago (@93XRT) September 26, 2016
John Kerry is not going to be happy about that. https://t.co/15XZSBiEWh
— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) September 26, 2016