"Freedom Fries"

  1. This is embarrassing. Like kids fighting on a playground.

    Do you think this will make the French see the 'error of their ways'?



    http://msnbc.com/news/883853.asp

    Au revoir to French food names

    Politics of culinary nomenclature captivate U.S. House


    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    WASHINGTON, March 11-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. 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 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.

    'SMALL BUT SYMBOLIC EFFORT'
    "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 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.
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   Stargazer
    Yes, it is embarassingly juvenile.


    Some responses from my internet humor mailing list Topfive.com:

    France's refusal to back a possible U.S.-led attack of Iraq
    triggered a verbal food fight on Tuesday in the restaurants of
    the U.S. House of Representatives, as French fries and French
    toast were replaced on menus by "Freedom fries" and "Freedom
    toast." Other menu items changing names included Chinese
    chicken salad to "we're not chicken salad" and Russian salad
    dressing to "don't-need-UN-authorization salad dressing."
    (James Floyd)

    Congressmen will continue to refer to "French kissing" as
    "the least you could do if you want me to vote for that bill."
    (Andy Krakowski)

    In a related story, French government cafeterias
    have no plans to change their big menu item, the
    Bloated Obnoxious American Gasbag Burger.
    (Greg Preece)
  4. by   fab4fan
    Juvenile...
  5. by   kmchugh
    I am constantly amazed by the displays of stupidity of some people. With all that is going on, no matter which side of the fence someone sits on, that effort, time, and money could be expended in changing a menu name. How much sleep do you think the average French citizen is going to lose over this nonsense?

    Kevin McHugh
  6. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by RN2bNC
    "I don't think we have to retaliate against France. They've isolated themselves pretty well," he said.

    would you like to biggie size your freedom fries:chuckle I bet this will all blow over in a few months and they will be french fries again.
  7. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by mkue
    would you like to biggie size your freedom fries:chuckle I bet this will all blow over in a few months and they will be french fries again.
    I'm betting you're right, mkue. "Freedom fries" takes too long to say, and we like our fast food fast! :chuckle
  8. by   nursedawn67
    so french bread is now freedom bread?! Oh stop it is french toast and french fries....its just a name..
  9. by   anitame
    I agree it is embarassing. Incredibly juvenile.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    someone's always gotta go overboard to make a point. but in this case, it is pure foolishness and nonsense.
  11. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    I'm betting you're right, mkue. "Freedom fries" takes too long to say, and we like our fast food fast! :chuckle
    :chuckle we could just call them "fries" that's even faster :chuckle
  12. by   Stargazer
    I usually do.
  13. by   CountrifiedRN
    I hate to think of asing for my favorite - freedom vanilla latte. Somehow, it just doesn't sound as yummy.
  14. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by greer128
    so french bread is now freedom bread?! Oh stop it is french toast and french fries....its just a name..
    Here ya go, this should make everyone feel less unpatriotic


    From Wikipedia:

    http://www.wikipedia.org/w/wiki.phtm...h=french+toast

    There is a rumor that French fries are so-called (instead of Belgian fries) because they got that name during the First World War. American soldiers stationed in France ate the fries, and dubbed them 'French fries', although they actually originated in Belgium.


    From Food Network:
    http://www.foodtv.com/cooking101/qan...,7745,,00.html
    Although the exact origin of French toast is unclear, sources agree that the dish does not stem from classical French cuisine. Toast it may be, but "French" it is not!

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