Obama: ‘You Shouldn’t Put Ketchup On A Hot Dog’

TOLEDO, Ohio (CBS) — President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and didn’t move to Chicago until he was 23 years old, but nevertheless, he proved Friday that he is, in fact, a true Chicagoan.

The proof? He confirmed that he is against putting ketchup on hot dogs.

President Obama was in Toledo, Ohio, Friday, and stopped for lunch with that city’s mayor, Michael Bell. Obama’s meal of choice a chili dog at Rudy’s Hot Dog in Toledo, but the subject of ketchup on came up during lunch.

“You shouldn’t put ketchup on your hot dog,” the president said straightforwardly.

It may be acceptable in some parts of the country, but as any Chicagoan knows, there are fewer infractions more serious in these parts than slathering a hot dog with ketchup.

The local commandment is so legendary that a definitive book about the world of hot dogs, authored by no lesser authority than Vienna Beef vice president Bob Schwartz, is titled, Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog.

In a “Straight Dope” column published back in 1991, the renowned Cecil Adams said there is actually a legitimate gustatory reason for keeping ketchup off your hot dog.

“Ketchup smothers the flavor of the hot dog because ketchup makers add sugar to their products,” he wrote. “That takes the edge off the highly acidic tomatoes, but it takes the edge off everything else, too.”

If you order a hot dog in Chicago, the proper condiments are mustard, sweet pickle relish, chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, a kosher pickle spear, sport peppers, and celery salt.

  • Shep

    So if ketchup masks the flavor of a hot dog, then why do people put it on burgers or fries? It ketchup a magical condiment that only masks the flavor of hot dogs?

  • Gerald Spencer

    Ketchup is a ‘magical condiment’ that masks the flavor of everything.

  • Rudy Belova

    “Thou Shall not put thy ketchup on thy hot dog” is one of the first things i remember learning as a child, living in chicago!

  • Diamond_dawg

    what a fake, he is no chicagoan, has no accent or anything…wishes he was, another transplant wannabe…

    he is a puppet!

  • Chicago Chick

    That picture isn’t well-chosen. Not only is it missing a pickle, it’s not served on a proper poppyseed bun

  • chad

    That picture is ALL kinds of wrong…Where is the pickle? Or the sport peppers? Truly a delicious american comfort food. Just dont ask what is in it.

  • TheSpanishInquisition

    Like him or not, he’s undeniably right on this issue.

  • ZK

    From the photo, I thought he was commenting on the Congressman Wiener controversy.

  • GO Southside

    How about ketchup on just the wienner, boiled sliced on a plate. Nothing else. Survey says.

  • Please Clarify Chicago Chick

    To Chicago Chick, are you referring to the Hot dog or the President?, just asking.

  • Parker

    Obama is clueless.

  • Nick Thompson

    Chicago hotdogs are terrible, kind of BHO.

  • Rebecca B

    Forget the pickle they put on the dog at “Dogs R Us”. Can’t forget that. NY dogs don’t compare to Chicago dogs.

  • Joe Patroni

    I am ashamed to be with my wife when she asks for Katchup on a Vienna hot dog. It took the hot dog stand owner 20 minutes to locate a crusty, linty katchup pack.

    • shep

      So if its not a Vienna hot do g it is ok? HA!

  • Mike Bates

    Where did he learn that, “Cominsky” Park?

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