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Obsession with Food Day: FOX & Friends Surprised That Congress Renamed Food Items

Reported by Marie Therese - August 2, 2006 -

This morning on FOX & Friends, the hosts expressed their surprise that two food items in the Congressional Cafeteria have been quietly renamed. Steve Doocy noted that prior to the Iraq War in 2003, "the members of the House Committee on Government Administration voted almost unanimously to change the names of French Fries and French Toast to Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast". Now, suddenly, without explanation, these two food items have returned to their traditional nomenclature. The offices of the two Congressman most responsible for pushing the name change - Bob Ney of Ohio and Walter Jones of North Carolina - did not have much of a comment, according to Kiran Chetry.

Steve Doocy read a comment made by a spokesperson for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "Now that they've changed the name of the french fries back, maybe they will admit their other foreign policy mistakes."

Judge Andrew Napolitano dismissed this comment, saying "Congresswoman Pelosi, this is just food!! It's not foreign policy!!"

What a hypocrite!

As many of our readers will recall, during the period before the war, FOX News gleefully aired shots of Americans pouring French wine and champagne into the gutter. Congressmen Ney and Jones were everywhere, pushing their anti-french-fry agenda. For the past three years, the French people, culture, food and behaviors have been so vilified by the right that the mere mention of the word "French" at a Republican gathering became a guaranteed laugh. Pundits like O'Reilly, Hannity, Malkin, Limbaugh et al were only too happy to bash the latte-sipping, brie-eating, wimpy French. No French food or beverage item was too insignificant for their withering scorn and derision.

That's what makes Napolitano's response so absurd.

Now that the United States desperately needs France's help in the Middle East - especially in Lebanon, where French is a second language for many people - suddenly it's time to "rehabilitate" the French in the same way the right wingers are trying to rehabilitate Christo-fascist Mel Gibson, who's drunken slurs against Jews have landed him in hot water.

However, it became crystal clear this morning that the American people are no longer buying the anti-French rhetoric.

Steve Doocy reported that the results of a brand new Pew Research study show that just before the war only 29% of Americans had a favorable opinion of France. Last year, 46% were favorable. The newest results show that number has increased to 52%.

Hopefully, we won't be subjected to very many more of those immature, inane and insulting comments.

It is high time for the right wingers to "fermez les bouches au sujet de France"!!