Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Bush Sang National Anthem in Spanish At Latino Festivals

In the recent days, the Latino Edge has been researching President Bush's English only commentaries aimed at Latino immigrants.

According to American Dynasty author, Kevin Phillips, President Bush sang the Star Spangled Banner in Spanish during his 2000 presidential campaign.

"... 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. ..."

The NY Daily News has reported that ...after Bush was elected, Cuban exile and pop vocalist Jon Secada also sang the "The Star-Spangled Banner" in both English and Spanish at the 2001 opening ceremony of the presidential inaugural...

The following eye-opening video clip shows Bush's former Press Secretary Scott McClellan answering questions about the issue:

Do you wonder if First Lady Laura Bush's Mexican heritage comes into play here? I am glad you asked. The First Lady believes that the US "should be a welcoming country."

So why the Presidential flip-flop? We're listening.

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