Unlike President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is not upset or offended by hearing the U.S. national anthem sung in Spanish.
Asked about the issue, which has become a topic of outrage on conservative talk radio stations, Rice said she had heard "The Star-Spangled Banner" sung in many different ways.
"I've heard the national anthem done in rap versions, country versions, classical versions. The individualization of the American national anthem is quite under way," she said on the CBS show "Face the Nation."
"From my point of view, people expressing themselves as wanting to be Americans is a good thing," she added. "I think what we need to focus on is an immigration policy that is comprehensive and that recognizes our laws and recognizes our humanity."
On Friday, Bush gave a different response to the same question. "I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be citizens of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English," he said.
Rice, unfortunately, is speaking from pure ignorance on this matter. "Nuestro Himno" is not merely a straight translation of the "Star-Spangled Banner" into Spanish. It's a politicized rewrite for the purposes of galvanizing pro-illegal alien amnesty forces. The song includes improvised rap from Latin pop stars trashing America's immigration laws as "mean." And the chant at the end brags: "We're Latinos, baby!"
Yeah, that bothers me too!