July 3rd, 2012
08:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Bloomberg roasts his own hot dog speech

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had one question for his staff while reading a speech Tuesday ahead of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

"Who wrote this sh**?" the third-term mayor asked, sparking a wave of laughs in the Coney Island crowd.

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His candid query came after Bloomberg began reading his remarks and realized the speech was chock-full of hot dog puns.

"Let me be completely 'frank.' This is one of my favorite traditions," the barely-amused mayor said. "I 'relish' it so much."

Continuing, Bloomberg took a slight pause at each pun to emphasize the respective phrase, somewhat mockingly each time.

He referred to the "dogged" contestants and said only one will be pronounced "wiener."

Following a string of more frankfurter related quips–including a line about the contest being a "dog fight"–Bloomberg went off-script, saying: "Think of how many we got into one sentence. That was really impressive."

The mayor then asked his rather, frank, question.

Filed under: Michael Bloomberg • New York
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    At least he can have some level of fun with it.

    July 3, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    That was funny.

    July 3, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. Steve Jennings

    Oh my, that is pure comedy!

    July 3, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  4. Thomas

    The last independent thinking Republican .

    Almost a thing of the past !

    July 4, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  5. Jerry

    And...?! Can I have extra "stupid" with that?!

    July 4, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  6. Cathy

    I'm a democrat but still think Mayor Bloomberg makes all of us here in NYC proud. NYC, the #1 place on the planet-just ask any tourist about that.

    July 4, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  7. Reddog9500

    I'm surprised "Mayor Nanny" hasn't gone after hot dogs and made anything bigger than 6 inches illegal in NYC.

    July 4, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  8. Cortanis

    Lmao. At least he has a sense of humor about it.

    July 4, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  9. cigarman

    It shows that the Mayor actually has a sense of humor, although if he is the one who is pushing to limit the size ob big gulps, he has a mental problem. I really believe that New York probably has a few more problems to see to rather than a big gulp drink. Maybe he should outlaw hotdogs, does he really know what those things are made of? YUK.

    July 4, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  10. James Klimaski

    Bloomberg,s off message comment makes the speech memorable.

    July 4, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  11. Grahame Rhodes

    If Bloomburg ran for President he would win

    July 4, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    That's an example of "how to turn a really bad speech into a memorable moment", and he did it with 4 words. Nice save, Mayor.

    July 4, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. w l jones

    Here in the South we call that Barque Ribs and Bake Bean...with a spice of honey .

    July 4, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Bessy

    Now that was funny ! Not like the crap that the " bully " Chris Christie would have handed out.

    July 4, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. swisscottage

    Tell me that the proceeds from this event are going to fight hunger around the world. Hard to imagine with hundreds of millions starving and malnourished around the world that we have a contest to see how fast people can eat.

    July 4, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Paqrat137

    Makes me proud to be a Noo Yawker – a Mayor who understands our New York frame of mind and the world's best sense of humor! Nice goin', yer honor!

    July 4, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    we need MORE Republicans like the mayor. In fact if he were to run in 2016 I would have to REALLY give him a strong look.

    July 4, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Vincent

    I think he could be a great president !
    Bloomberg 2016 !!

    July 4, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. brian

    WOW–can't say anything negative about this story. thanks cnn

    July 4, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. once upon a horse

    more in the GOP could take personality lessons from Bloomberg...if he were to make a run at it in 2016 he just might get my vote. Not against voting for a Republican with sense. it's just been lately there have been very few that have any.

    July 4, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. 0rangeW3dge

    Honesty in politics? That's right, the Republicans really need a guy like this instead of the philandering panda they have...There's still time, you know. But August is right around the corner. Better get organised.

    July 4, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Ronincalif

    Bloomberg isn't cutting the mustard anymore. In fact he's been a brat lately.

    July 4, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. Dennis

    Thomas, you are almost right, except he is a Democrat. But thanks for noticing.

    July 4, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. Name paula

    I never liked Mayor Bloomberg before, but now I thinking he's da bomb!

    July 4, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |