Bush National Anthem should be sung in English
Associated Press
Apr. 28, 2006


(The right wing is up in arms over a new version of the Star-Spangled Banner written in Spanish. Last week President Bush stated that the national anthem ought to be sung in English. Yesterday Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a resolution requiring the Star-Spangled banner to be sung only in English: "That flag and that song are a part of our history and our national identity. That's why in 1931 Congress declared the Star-Spangled Banner our national anthem. That's why we should always sing it in our common language, English."
In his press release, Alexander said the Star-Spangled Banner has never before been rendered in another language. But in 1919, the U.S. Bureau of Education commissioned a Spanish-language version of The Star Spangled Banner. The State Departments website also features four-separate versions of the anthem in Spanish. It appears xenophobia isn't part of the American tradition.)

WASHINGTON - The national anthem should be sung in English - not Spanish - President Bush declared Friday. "One of the important things here is that we not lose our national soul," he said.

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. "

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.

The president's comments came amid a burgeoning national debate - and congressional fight - over legislation pending in Congress, and pushed by Bush, to overhaul U.S. immigration law. Large numbers of immigrant groups have planned an economic boycott next week to dramatize their call for legislation providing legal status for millions of people in the United States illegally.

"I am not a supporter of boycotts," Bush said. "I am a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. ... I think that most Americans agree that we've got to enforce our border."

His remarks followed release of the Spanish language version of the song, called "Nuestro Himno" or "Our Anthem."