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Not surprisingly, it looks as though President Bush's comments last week about the singing of a Spanish version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" were the worst kind of political posturing. According to today's Washington Post:
President Bush declared last week that the national anthem should be sung in English not Spanish, but he evidently never told his own government or campaign organizations.If the test of whether Bush has sung a particular song is his "proficiency" with a language, then this should lead us to conclude that Bush has never sung a song in any language, including English.
The State Department posts four Spanish versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on its Web site, and accounts from the 2000 election suggest that the song was at times performed in Spanish at Bush campaign events. Critics even turned up one reference to Bush himself singing the anthem in Spanish on the trail, but there was no confirmation.
... there seems little evidence that the matter had concerned Bush before. The Center for American Progress, a liberal group run by Clinton chief of staff John D. Podesta, posted on its blog a reference to Bush singing the anthem in Spanish.
In his book, "American Dynasty," Kevin Phillips wrote that Bush "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."
White House spokesmen and former campaign operatives said they could not recall whether that happened, though given the level of Bush's Spanish proficiency, they seemed dubious.