By Sarah Carroll
Barack Obama may be the most laid-back president in the history of the United States, but he completely lost his chill over a serious subject: ketchup on hot dogs.
During an appearance on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, the Commander-in-Chief shared his disdain for the condiment.
“Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked.
“No,” Obama responded. “I mean that … It’s not acceptable past the age of 8.”
Ketchup-less dogs are the norm in Chicago, which is where the President and his family lived before they moved into the White House.
But where does this custom come from? The Chicago Tribune analyzed Vienna Beef executive Bob Schwartz’s book Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog for answers.
“Schwartz theorized that Chicago’s aversion to ketchup dates back nearly a century, when the “dragged-through-the-garden” style of hot dogs made additional condiments unnecessary,” journalist Kevin Pang wrote.