French Fries Get New Name in Congress
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By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Show the flag and pass the ketchup was the order of the day in House cafeterias Tuesday. Lawmakers struck a lunchtime blow against the French and put "freedom fries" on the menu.
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And for breakfast they'll now have "freedom toast."
The name changes follow similar actions by restaurants around the country protesting French opposition to the administration's Iraq (news - web sites) war plans.
"Update. Now Serving in All House Office Buildings, 'Freedom Fries,'" read a sign that Republican Reps. Bob Ney of Ohio and Walter Jones of North Carolina placed at the register in the Longworth Office Building food court.
Jones said he was inspired by Cubbie's restaurant in Beaufort, N.C., in his district, one of the first to put "freedom fries" on the menu instead of french fries.
"This action today is a small but symbolic effort to show the strong displeasure of many on Capitol Hill with the actions of our so-called ally, France," said Ney, chairman of the House Administration Committee.
Ney, whose panel oversees House operations, ordered the menu changes.
The French Embassy in Washington had no immediate comment, except to say that french fries actually come from Belgium.
Ney said he was of French descent and "once the French government comes around we can get back to talking about french fries."
On a more serious note, Republican Jim Saxton of New Jersey has proposed a ban on Pentagon (news - web sites) participation in this year's Paris Air Show and restrictions on French participation in any postwar construction projects in Iraq.
But House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said at a news conference that applying legislative sanctions to France was not necessary. "I don't think we have to retaliate against France. They've isolated themselves pretty well," he said.
Last edited by diligaf; 03-11-2003 at 02:44 PM.
Put your best foot forward!
What about french kissing?
Diligaf..........I thought you stuffed yourself into a microwave or something.......where ya been??
BTW.....odd coincidence no democratic leaders were mentioned in this article....they are too busy worrying if striking the name "French" outta the "Fries" is insensative and lacks compasion for the years of oppression the horrible US of A has put on the poor French community worldwide.
Ehhhh...french fries doesnt come from France, but from Belgium.
a more appropriate name for the republicans to use would be "hate potatoes" or "fear fries" since they demonize everyone who does not blindly go along with them and use fear to fool everybody else that they can.
What a friggin soap opera this has turned into.
“It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”
What's this gonna cost us? Wardey
They were saying that this its not a good idea to alienate france, but then somebody came along and said france already alienated themselves..
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