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May 03, 2006

DCCC Statement on Bush’s Anthem Hypocrisy

DCCC Press

May 3, 2006

DCCC Statement on Bush’s Anthem Hypocrisy

Then: “On the campaign trail in 1999, Bush would often sing along as the national anthem was sung in Spanish during stops in Hispanic communities, GOP scholar Kevin Phillips wrote in his book ‘American Dynasty.’” [New York Daily News, 5/3/06]

Now: “I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English,” Bush said. [Bush Press Conference, mult., 4/28/06]

Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released the following statement on President George W. Bush’s Spanish-language anthem hypocrisy.

“As the notes of President Bush’s swan song begin to play, his national anthem hypocrisy is striking a familiar chord with Americans,” said Bill Burton, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “We deserve better from our leaders than election-year makeovers and headline grabbing stances on the issue of the day. Because of Bush and the Republican Congress’ failed leadership, American voters will reject the stale status quo and embrace new priorities this November.”

Bush’s Anti-Spanish Anthem Stance a New Development. Last week, after a Spanish-language version of the National Anthem started to circulate, President Bush declared that he thinks “the national anthem ought to be sung in English” but during the presidential campaign of 1999, Bush attended events where the anthem was sung in Spanish and even sung along. Then, early in 2001, a Spanish-language version of the National Anthem was sung for Bush and guests at the White House during inaugural ceremonies for President Bush. [New York Daily News, 5/3/06]