Do You Want 'Freedom Fries' With That?
Gay rights pioneer Lilli Vincenz, 74, right, and her life partner Nancy Ruth Davis, 75, pose intheir home in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 10, 2012. At the birthplace of the gay rights movement, patrons at New York City's Stonewall Inn said they felt like they were living history. In Wyoming, the mother of a gay man beaten to death said words couldn't express her gratitude. The president's declaration that he supports gay marriage may have lacked the urgency of Kennedy's push for the Civil Rights Act, or the force and finality of the Emancipation Proclamation, but in places key to the history of gay rights, it's being greeted as a major milestone. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) / Jacquelyn Martin
"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, chairman of the House Administration Committee.
Ney, whose panel oversees House operations, ordered the House Administrative officer to change the menus in House office building cafeterias to read "freedom fries" and "freedom toast."
The House action follows moves by several restaurants around the country to remove "French" fries from their menus to protest French opposition to U.S. military action in Iraq.
Also leading the anti-French campaign was Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who noted in a letter to colleagues that Cubbie's restaurant in Beaufort, N.C., in his district, was now serving "freedom fries."
"Watching France's self-serving politics of passive aggression in this effort has discouraged me more than I can say," Jones said.
Members of Congress have been sharply critical of France for threatening to veto a new U.N. resolution holding Iraq in violation of disarmament agreements and paving the way for a military strike against the Saddam Hussein government.
Another Republican, Jim Saxton of New Jersey, has introduced several bills to ban Pentagon participation in this year's Paris Air Show and to make sure that France does not participate in any reconstruction projects in Iraq.
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