Senator Mitt Romney’s weird and unenthusiastic hot dog video sparks speculation about his ties to the sausage industry.
“I Love ‘Em in Buns. I Love Them Outside of Buns.”
In the mid-2000s, liking bacon became an entire personality, with bacon-wrapped everything dominating menus and hipsters sporting handlebar mustaches and bacon-scented cologne.
It appears that the era of Bacon Dudes paved the way for Utah Senator Mitt Romney to take the spotlight, making hot dogs a peculiar, yet distinguishing, part of his public persona.
In a video filmed on National Hot Dog Day, which later went viral on social media, Romney stepped out of his office donning a ball cap adorned with a hot dog illustration and holding an actual hot dog.
Addressing the camera, he stated, “Well, as you all know, today is National Hot Dog Day. Perhaps you also know that hot dog is my favorite meat. I love hot dogs. I love ’em in buns. I love them outside of buns. I love them in baked beans. I just like hot dogs.”
The Video Raised a Number of Chicagoan Eyebrows
He continued with unreserved enthusiasm, “It’s the best meat there is, without question.”
Although some Chicagoans questioned his choice of topping the hot dog with ketchup, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council’s etiquette guide recommends using mustard, relish, onions, cheese, or chili instead.
It wasn’t the choice of condiments that raised eyebrows, but rather the tone of the video, which many viewers found unsettling.
Some even speculated that Romney appeared as if he was held captive by Oscar Mayer, while others compared his demeanor to that of an alien trying to fit in on Earth, reminiscent of a 2019 video in which he blew out birthday candles in an unconventional manner.
Was Romney Promoting Someone Else’s Agenda?
The video led some to wonder if Romney was promoting someone else’s agenda.
This wasn’t the first time he publicly proclaimed his love for hot dogs.
In 2018, during his Senate campaign in Utah, Romney declared in an interview with the Washington Examiner, “My favorite meat is hot dog, by the way. That is my favorite meat.”
He even made a similar video in 2019 to celebrate National Hot Dog Day, reiterating his affinity for the cylindrical treat.
Such as Big Sausage
With curious minds at work, the question arose: Could Romney have ties to the sausage industry, specifically Big Sausage?
Comparisons were drawn to the cultural rise of bacon in the past, which was politically driven to combat anti-fat and anti-nitrate concerns in the 1980s and early 1990s.
The National Pork Board’s “Pork: The Other White Meat” campaign played a role in reshaping consumer perceptions and boosting sales of lean pork cuts, while also lowering the prices of fattier cuts.
Or Was It a Genuine Fondness for Hotdogs?
Whether Mitt Romney’s hot dog advocacy stems from a genuine fondness for the delicacy or possibly deeper ties to the sausage industry remains a topic of intrigue.
Regardless, his unenthusiastic video has certainly sparked curiosity and speculation among viewers, leaving us to wonder if there’s more to this hot dog story than meets the eye.
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