Posted: 03 May 2012 04:21 PM PDT
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican heritage that is actually bigger in the United States than in Mexico, where it is not even a holiday. In Mexico, May 5th is known more for an annual reenactment of the Mexican army's victory over French forces in Puebla on that day in 1862. (Read my friend Bill Booth's entertaining story on the reenactment last year from the Washington Post.)
In the United States, it is a chance for every Bennigan's and TGI Friday's to promote margaritas. In a less crass vain, it is also a chance to reflect on growing Mexican influence.
The White House an hour or so ago hosted its own Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rose Garden. As usual, there was a "pool report" from a designated reporter assigned to cover the event on behalf of the entire White House press corps. I'm reproducing the pool report below, which refers mistakenly to "flamingo dancers." It also lists a mouth-watering menu offered to the guests (Hey, why wasn't I on the invitation list!?!?). I don't think I've ever savored a Mexican feast like the one listed below. I mean, tamarind mole? That must be great.
The references to POTUS mean "president of the United States."
Here's the report:
The White House Cinco de Mayo reception took place outside in the rose garden and surrounding area, featuring colorful tables and flowers, flamingo dancers and margaritas. It was a warm day with blue skies and lots of hot sun (73 degrees).
Each day new reports come in from across the nation that our movement is surging and more incumbents, mostly Democrats, are about to fall on Election Day. Obama's approval ratings are falling to new lows as he makes highly inappropriate statements to Spanish language audiences asking illegal alien supporters to help him "punish our enemies."
"Murguía said she recognized that ultimately the power to change the debate lies with the Hispanic community itself. “Latinos buy products from the advertisers supporting these programs,” she said. “Latinos vote in primaries and in the general election. We have a significant role to play picking winners and losers in both arenas. We need to make it clear to those who embrace hate that they do so at their own economic and political peril.”
Smith: President Is Ignoring Immigration Laws
· Feb. 6, 2012, Midnight
In a recent interview, President Barack Obama said he can’t just “wave away the laws that Congress put in place” and that “the president doesn’t have the authority to simply ignore Congress and say, ‘We’re not going to enforce the laws that you’ve passed.’”
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