President Bush Says Anthem Should Be in English
President Bush has announced that the U.S. National Anthem should be in English.
The national anthem should be sung in English — not Spanish– President Bush declared Friday, amid growing restlessness over the millions of immigrants here illegally.
“One of the things that’s very important is, when we debate this issue, that we not lose our national soul,” the president exclaimed. “One of the great things about America is that we’ve been able to take people from all walks of life bound as one nation under God. And that’s the challenge ahead of us.”
A Spanish language version of the national anthem was released Friday by a British music producer, Adam Kidron, who said he wanted to honor America’s immigrants. When the president was asked at a Rose Garden question-and-answer session whether the anthem should be sung in Spanish, he replied: “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.” He made his remarks on the matters during a wide-ranging briefing with reporters. “I think people who want to be citizens of this country ought to learn English,” Bush said.
While Bush, king of the malapropism, might not be the best messenger for that particular idea, he’s certainly right. We should welcome immigrants and their cultural contributions; we should nonetheless continue to speak a single language.