President Obama Urged to Issue 'Dijon-Gate Pardons'

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GREY POUPON has issued an open letter to President Barack Obama urging him to grant "pardons" to all Americans who have ever been criticized for their love of Dijon mustard.

"We believe that all Americans should have the option to exercise their freedom of taste," said Christie Crouch, brand manager for GREY POUPON. "When we learned that President Obama was criticized for ordering a hamburger with Dijon mustard -- now known as 'Dijon-gate' -- we decided to take a stand by urging the President to issue 'Pardon Me For Loving Dijon' proclamations in support of condiment lovers everywhere."

A copy of the letter appears below and can be viewed at, where classic GREY POUPON "Pardon Me" television commercials can also be seen.

May 8, 2009

The Honorable Barack H. Obama

President of the United States

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Dear Mr. President:

We applaud you, Mr. President, for exercising your freedom of taste when

recently ordering a burger with Dijon mustard. We're always happy to see

people use Dijon mustard to add flair and flavor to their favorite foods.

The right to choose condiments freely is quintessentially American and

embodies the spirit of our democracy.

So we urge you to respond to "Dijon-gate" by issuing a "pardon" to any

American who has ever been criticized for putting a liberal spread of

Dijon mustard on a burger or a conservative dollop on a ham & cheese

sandwich. These "Pardon Me for Loving Dijon" proclamations will empower

the millions of Dijon mustard-loving Americans to ask for their favorite

condiment with pride.

Respectfully yours,


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