Friday, May 05, 2006
AFP: Outgoing press secretary lies one more time for Bush
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US's knowledge of Spanish is insufficient to sing "Nuestro Himno," the new Spanish-language version of the US national anthem, the departing White House spokesman said.
"The President can speak Spanish, but not that well," spokesman Scott McClellan (right, with Bush and Tony Snow, McClellan's successor) told reporters at the White House.
However, press reports have suggested, and videos circulating around the internet have shown conclusively, that the US president on occasion has sung the anthem in Spanish, in the approving presence of Hispanic constituents.
McClellan insisted Thursday, however, that that was not the case.
"I'm saying that not only was that suggestion absurd, but that he couldn't possibly sing the national anthem in Spanish. He's not that good with his Spanish," the outgoing spokesman said.
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