WASHINGTON D.C.[CBB] - In a move that is being described as palately motivated, the Bush administration fired nine US federal cooks after an incident involving red beans and rice. Democrats were quick to point out the expelled culinary professionals were only from judicial and legislatives branch cafeterias.
"These mass firings could be end up being Bush's Chicken Lasagna with White Sauce-Gate [referring to the Nixon scandal involving the 1972 break-in at the Sizzler]," DNC chairman Howard Dean said in fund raising letter to donors, "by excluding the White House kitchen staff from the layoffs President Bush has sent a message that dietary balance established by the founding bakers of this country do not apply to his administration."
Republicans defended the White House's actions by pointing out that former President Clinton fired all 42 federal chiefs that specialized in seafood once it was discovered that House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, had openly stated he enjoyed a good shrimp and crab bisque.
"As usual the Democrats have completely overreacted to President Bush's aromatic change in direction," White House spokesman Tony Snow said while defending the firings, "if the Democrats still carve some red beans and rice, then I highly recommend they try one of the 14 Washington D.C. area Popeye's Chicken locations."