Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Spanish National Anthem, Part 3


The blog "Think Progress" has an interesting post today about the Spanish version of the national anthem. President Bush, 4/28/06:

"I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English."

But in his book American Dynasty, Kevin Phillips notes that during Bush’s first presidential campaign, he would often sing the national anthem in Spanish. From pg. 142:

When visiting cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, or Philadelphia, in pivotal states, he would drop in at Hispanic festivals and parties, sometimes joining in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Spanish, sometimes partying with a “Viva Bush” mariachi band flown in from Texas.
I don't usually do that much political stuff, but I once lived for a summer in Mexico. I love the Spanish language and I especially love the Mexican people. All this racist right wing crap is pissing me off.
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