George Bush Sings in Spanish
"....he couldn't possibly sing the National Anthem in Spanish. He's not that good with his Spanish."Scott McClellan presidential spokesman defending the president against critics who say he's a hypocrite on the subject of the National Anthem in Spanish.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan in an attempt to provide a defense for the current brouhaha surrounding this president says, "The president speaks Spanish, but not that well." In a book titled "American Dynasty" by Kevin Phillips, it is asserted that Bush "would drop in at Hispanic festivals and parties, sometimes joining in singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' in Spanish." The president opposes a Spanish language version of the anthem.
Last week, after the "Star-Spangled Banner," or "Nuestro Himno," made its debut with a new Latin beat and Spanish lyrics, Bush said he thought the national anthem should be sung in English. His wife, First Lady Laura Bush disagrees. She said, "I don't think there's anything wrong with singing it in Spanish...." Mrs. Bush thinks it should be sung in English, but she also pointed out, "We are a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of many, many languages, because immigrants come and bring their languages." Critics of the president point to Kevin Phillips' book as proof of his hypocrisy on the matter.
For scheduling purposes, Cinco de Mayo was celebrated by the president a day early.
"Bienvenidos, welcome to the White House," he said. "You may have noticed this celebration is not on the Cinco de Mayo -- it's on the Cuatro de Mayo."
To furhter expand on his reasons why the story told by author Phillips couldn't be true McClellan stated, "I'm saying that not only was that suggestion absurd, but that he couldn't possibly sing the national anthem in Spanish. He's not that good with his Spanish," McClellan said.
George Bush was previously governor of Texas. He uses Spanish phrases in his speeches, as he did during both his presidential campaigns, to show kinship with Latino people.