Monday, Mar. 28, 2011

French Fries to "Freedom" Fries

In 2003, when France opposed going to war in Iraq, the U.S. took the next logical step: its House of Representatives' cafeterias stopped serving French fries. They served "freedom fries" instead. Naturally, "French toast" became "freedom toast" as well. Republican Representatives Walter Jones and Bob Ney, who was the chairman of the House Administration Committee at the time and angered at "our so-called ally, France," made it happen. The change didn't have unanimous support. "Making Congress look even sillier than it sometimes looks would not be high on my priority list," said Democratic Representative Barney Frank, clearly lacking in both patriotism and knowledge of France's historic disdain for liberty. Well, the House fries ditched "freedom" in 2006 ... around the same time Ney, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges, lost his.