Wednesday, May 03, 2006

La Bandera de Estrellas

Last week, Bush responded to the issue of the national anthem sung in Spanish saying "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 State Department's website features 4 versions of the national anthem in Spanish. The first version listed was created by Francis Haffkine Snow back in 1919. On last Sunday's "Face the Nation" on CBS, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said "I've heard the national anthem done in rap versions, country versions, classical versions. The individualization of the American national anthem is quite underway."

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