At one point, a previous POTUS was angry at France. I think they pulled out of the (probably illegal) enforcement of a no-fly zone in Iraq.
Probably this president was W.
He re-designated French Fries as Freedom Fries.
The Statue of Freedom is really called the Statue of Liberty.
It was a gift from France. Why didn’t W call them Liberty fries, and add vinaigre for irony?
I said this post was a rant, so I’ll end with what I think is a roughly accurate quote from Noam Chomsky.
We have a statue of Liberty on our east coast. We should add, on our west coast, a statue of Responsibility.
But no. Iraq was invaded, Libya reorganized, the Iran deal threatened, steel and aluminum trade sanction threats made (and, so far, repeatedly delayed), Chinese island building ignored, the TPP disdained, global warming treated as fake news.
If the Statue of Liberty could speak, she might have called them small-minded fries. The French are rarely small-minded, whatever one thinks of their policies. Their one mistake, imho, is going along with Germany in demanding austerity. After Germany dominates everyone else, they will imho turn on France, when it’s the second last economy still standing in the EU.
If a Statue of Responsibility could speak, it would probably weep first.