Security Council to authorize military force against Iraq. The name change for the venerable breakfast dish -- in this case stuffed with cream cheese -- followed similar moves by the U. Congress and some restaurants across the country to change "French fries" to "Freedom fries. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, asked about the newly titled "Freedom toast," smiled and said, "We're always proud of the men and women of our Air Force. Copyright Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. House votes to keep U. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Taylor writes: I'm a high school student and my history teacher just told us about how the United States once called French fries "freedom fries" to spite France. Please tell me he's joking. Yes, there was a time when some Americans decided to call French fries "freedom fries"—embarrassingly, a number of those people happened to be elected officials in the U. House of Representatives.
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French Fries to "Freedom" Fries
Freedom fries was a politically motivated renaming for French fries in the United States. The term was born in when the then Republican Chairman of the Committee on House Administration , Bob Ney , renamed the menu item in three Congressional cafeterias in response to France 's opposition to the proposed invasion of Iraq. Although originally supported with several restaurants changing their menus as well, the term fell out of use due to declining support for the Iraq War. Following Ney's resignation as Chairman in , it was quietly reverted. Bush , an invasion of Iraq was proposed. Renaming was initiated in February by Beaufort, North Carolina "Cubbie's" restaurant owner Neal Rowland, who said he was motivated by similar actions against Germany in World War I , when " sauerkraut was called liberty cabbage, and frankfurters were renamed hot dogs ". The term hot dog was in use well before the outbreak of World War I.
The name changes were spearheaded by two Republican lawmakers who held a news conference Tuesday to make the name changes official on the menus. 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. Jones said he was following the example of a local restaurant owner in his North Carolina district.