The cafeteria menus in the three House [of Representatives] office buildings changed the name of “french fries” to “freedom fries,” in a culinary rebuke of France stemming from anger over the country’s refusal to support the U.S. position on Iraq.
Ditto for “french toast,” which will be known as “freedom toast.”
The name changes were spearheaded by two Republican lawmakers who held a news conference Tuesday to make the name changes official on the menus.
“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 Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, the chairman of the Committee on House Administration.
Ney, whose committee has authority over the House cafeterias, directed the change, after colleague Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, circulated a letter suggesting such a move. …
The name change was criticized by one young man in a House cafeteria.
“That’s completely ludicrous to me,” he said.</blockquote>
Another young man agreed. (Merci, Ezra Klein.)