Potato jingoism comes to an end

Today’s edition of The Wash. Times reports that french fries have returned to the menus of the U.S. Capitol. Since March 2003 the potato dish had been known as “freedom fries” to snub the French for not supporting the Iraq war.

(Bob) Ney (R, Ohio), who was then the chairman of the House Administration Committee, which oversees the cafeterias, gleefully announced the change at the height of anti-French sentiment, when Paris scolded Washington that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was premature.

“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,” he said on March 11, 2003.

Ney, who was succeeded Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-Mich.), did not offer any comments for the story, nor did Ehlers.

Toast is allowed to be french again as well. No word on whether it includes kissing, but we don’t want to go there anyway.

1 Comment so far

  1. Matt (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    Is that Bob Ney of Abramoff scandal infamy? Perhaps he sould have focused less on potato naming and more on obeying the law.

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