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Submitted by Zeitgeist on May 5, 2010 - 4:49pm

from the Los Angeles Times
El Presidente Obama celebrates 'Cinco de Cuatro'
May 4, 2009 | 5:52 pm

Well, there goes some of the Latino vote next time.

President Obama greeted a White House crowd this afternoon gathered for a May 4 premature celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday honoring an upset military victory over the French, whose troops didn't do so well in North America and don't celebrate the same day much.

Anyway, in a well-intentioned attempt at Spanish and a joke about being a day early, Obama said:

"Bienvenidos. Welcome to Cinco de Cuatro -- (laughter) -- Cinco de Mayo at the White House. We are a day early, but we always like to get a head start here at the Obama White House."

He is starting to remind me of GW.

Submitted by Aecetia on May 5, 2010 - 4:55pm.

Happy Cinco de Cuatro to you, too.

Submitted by AK on May 5, 2010 - 5:38pm.

Read today that Cinco de Mayo celebrations started among Mexican-American communities in California as a show of solidarity with the fight against French occupation of Mexico. Thus it's a truly American holiday. So what if Mexico hardly recognizes it, or goateed intellectuals pillory it as "not authentic enough" or whatever?

And it's true that beer companies have done their best to turn Cinco de Mayo into yet another alcoholiday, but we've already done the same to our own patriotic holidays. :)

Submitted by svelte on May 5, 2010 - 6:22pm.

AK wrote:

And it's true that beer companies have done their best to turn Cinco de Mayo into yet another alcoholiday, but we've already done the same to our own patriotic holidays. :)

I'll drink to that

Submitted by briansd1 on May 5, 2010 - 9:35pm.

Zeitgeist wrote:

He is starting to remind me of GW.

"Cinco de quatro."

Maybe Obama was reaching out to GWB and Palin supporters. ;)

Submitted by Eugene on May 5, 2010 - 9:48pm.

FYI, that news is one year old.

Submitted by tucker... on May 5, 2010 - 10:37pm.

FUCK CINCO DE MAYO ( COLUMBUS DAY IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY NOT CESAR CHAVAS DAY) FUCK THIS BULL SHIT !!

Submitted by afx114 on May 5, 2010 - 11:48pm.

Based on his of mastery of the Spanish language, at least the we know that he won't be asked to show his papers. Oh wait...

Submitted by Effective Demand on May 6, 2010 - 8:27am.

Seems like a non-event

Submitted by meadandale on May 6, 2010 - 8:29am.
Submitted by briansd1 on May 6, 2010 - 8:41am.

meadandale wrote:
Only in Amerika...

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-bea...

Makes sense to me. Why allow students to incite each other into fights?

BTW, it's not patriotic and respectful of the flag to wear American flag clothing. It demeans the flag. Only rednecks with no upbringing do that.

The flag should be properly flown and properly lit up, if flown at night.

Submitted by meadandale on May 6, 2010 - 9:26am.

briansd1 wrote:
meadandale wrote:
Only in Amerika...

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-bea...

Makes sense to me. Why allow students to incite each other into fights?

BTW, it's not patriotic and respectful of the flag to wear American flag clothing. It demeans the flag. Only rednecks with no upbringing do that.

The flag should be properly flown and properly lit up, if flown at night.

So it's demeaning to wear a t shirt with a flag printed on it? I guess it's disrespectful in your mind to have a flag patch sewn onto one's uniform as well?

This article shows PC run amok and is racist at it's core. They wouldn't even think to disallow the students from wearing American flag clothing on St Paddies day (isn't that disrespectful to Irish Americans)? White immigrants don't deserve the same respect as brown ones?

Would these same school administrators ban the Mexican American students from wearing Mexican flags on the fourth of July? Of course not!!!

Submitted by briansd1 on May 6, 2010 - 9:50am.

meadandale, why get angry and read things that aren't there into the reported events?

The admins were trying to deal with that one even.

Submitted by werewolf34 on May 6, 2010 - 10:22am.

I knew this thread would bring out the racists.

Submitted by UCGal on May 6, 2010 - 10:37am.

AK wrote:

And it's true that beer companies have done their best to turn Cinco de Mayo into yet another alcoholiday, but we've already done the same to our own patriotic holidays. :)

Yep. It's kind of like St. Patricks day - and as American. Until the 90's it was a St's day and holiday - but not celebrated with parades and drinking in Ireland. Then the Irish decided to co-opt the holiday back from the US.

Here in the US... it's all about the booze.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

The Mexican Independence day is in September. And barely noticed on this side of the border.

Submitted by Arraya on May 6, 2010 - 11:23am.

"I'm not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong," Galli said. "I went along with my normal day. I might have worn an American flag, but I'm an American and I'm proud to be an American."

Wow... That is some bizarre insecurity, right there. Claiming the urge to show "pride" on Cinco de Mayo shows instability. I think an appointment with a therapist would have been more apropos rather than removal. The scolding was inappropriate and feeds his victim mentality. Obviously, his wearing of the shirt was because he feels threatened. The students should have been asked to be kind and inclusive to him because of his delicate emotional state.

Ironically, Cinco de Mayo is mostly an american holiday, a strange hybrid celebrating a mexican event but american nonetheless

Submitted by briansd1 on May 6, 2010 - 1:27pm.

meadandale wrote:

So it's demeaning to wear a t shirt with a flag printed on it? I guess it's disrespectful in your mind to have a flag patch sewn onto one's uniform as well?

I don't think that it's in good taste to wear American flags printed on clothing.

A patch on a soldier's uniform is to identify the soldier as American in case he's wounded or captured.

I think that clothing printed with an American flag covering a beer belly or a fat ass is disgusting looking. That doesn't show proper decorum and respect for the American flag, in my opinion.

Submitted by Coronita on May 6, 2010 - 1:28pm.

Arraya wrote:
"I'm not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong," Galli said. "I went along with my normal day. I might have worn an American flag, but I'm an American and I'm proud to be an American."

Wow... That is some bizarre insecurity, right there. Claiming the urge to show "pride" on Cinco de Mayo shows instability. I think an appointment with a therapist would have been more apropos rather than removal. The scolding was inappropriate and feeds his victim mentality. Obviously, his wearing of the shirt was because he feels threatened. The students should have been asked to be kind and inclusive to him because of his delicate emotional state.

Ironically, Cinco de Mayo is mostly an american holiday, a strange hybrid celebrating a mexican event but american nonetheless

Next time, they can try to wear this shirt instead.

Submitted by briansd1 on May 6, 2010 - 1:30pm.
Submitted by meadandale on May 6, 2010 - 2:20pm.

briansd1 wrote:
meadandale wrote:

So it's demeaning to wear a t shirt with a flag printed on it? I guess it's disrespectful in your mind to have a flag patch sewn onto one's uniform as well?

I don't think that it's in good taste to wear American flags printed on clothing.

A patch on a soldier's uniform is to identify the soldier as American in case he's wounded or captured.

I think that clothing printed with an American flag covering a beer belly or a fat ass is disgusting looking. That doesn't show proper decorum and respect for the American flag, in my opinion.

Oh, so you give a shit about the flag when someone is wearing it? What about when someone is burning it?

Submitted by svelte on May 6, 2010 - 9:00pm.

UCGal wrote:
AK wrote:

And it's true that beer companies have done their best to turn Cinco de Mayo into yet another alcoholiday, but we've already done the same to our own patriotic holidays. :)

Here in the US... it's all about the booze.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I'll drink to that too. lol

Actually, you could say the same thing about the chocolate industry (Valentines, Easter, Mothers Day, Halloween, Christmas), the flower industry (Valentines, Easter, Mothers Day, Memorial Day, Christmas), and the greeting card industry (every friggin' holiday!).

Submitted by LAAFTERHOURS on May 7, 2010 - 5:31am.

I wonder if Ocho Cinco is throwing a Cinco de Ocho party tomorrow...

Submitted by AK on May 7, 2010 - 11:07am.

briansd1 wrote:
I think that clothing printed with an American flag covering a beer belly or a fat ass is disgusting looking. That doesn't show proper decorum and respect for the American flag, in my opinion.

I think this statement is very demeaning to big-boned people like myself.

Not that obesity hasn't always been a factor in American political life. Look at the Alger Hiss affair -- the entire case against Whittaker Chambers seems to boil down to: "He was fat, therefore he was lying!"

Submitted by CA renter on May 8, 2010 - 1:52am.

AK wrote:

I think this statement is very demeaning to big-boned people like myself.

Not that obesity hasn't always been a factor in American political life. Look at the Alger Hiss affair -- the entire case against Whittaker Chambers seems to boil down to: "He was fat, therefore he was lying!"

Brian has a "thing" about big-boned people. :)

Personally, I prefer them to skinny folk. Thank goodness we all have different tastes!

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