There must be a family issue with public speaking, Joe rambles and is frequently off topic and Jill is too proud to get some coaching, it would seem, regarding how to correctly pronounce Spanish words. Moreover, Jill needs to have someone review her speeches for proper cultural etiquette. It comes off racist when you compare people to stereotypical ethnic food sources. Someone is falling down on the job in her administrative staff.
On Monday, First Lady Jill Biden butchered the pronunciation of “bodega”, at the Latinx IncluXion Luncheon in San Antonio, Texas and went on to equate the Hispanic community-
“as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio”- First Lady Jill Biden
As part of the three-day UnidosUS Annual Conference in San Antonio, which started Saturday, Jill Biden spoke, making the following remarks at the luncheon. When referring to Raul Yzaguirre, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Thursday, she said-
“Raul helped build this organization with the understanding that the diversity of this community – as distinct as the bogidas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami, and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio – is your strength,”- First Lady Jill Biden
Her faux pas quickly made the rounds on social media. With many comments such as:
“Once again, Dr. Jill Biden butchers the Spanish language in furtherance of pandering to a client constituency (the org FKA National Council of La Raza),” and “I hereby bless your timelines with Dr. Jill’s rendering of ‘bodega'”- Jorge Bonilla, Media Resource Center Director
Cassy Garcia, Republican candidate for Texas’s densely Hispanic 28th District, in a tweet, thanked Biden “for clarifying that Democrats think Hispanics are ‘unique’ like tacos.” She also posed the rhetorical question-
“Maybe if we rebrand the Southern Border as SouXern BorderX, Joe Biden will finally visit?”-Cassy Garcia, Republican candidate for Texas
Alluding to the event’s name being the Latinx IncluXion luncheon, Garcia’s tweet apparently was to point out that, the woke term “Latinx” lacks gender, which is crucial to the Spanish language. Again, the administration doesn’t know their numbers. Reportedly, polls have repeatedly shown that America’s Hispanic community rejects the word in favor of the masculine “Latino” or the term “Hispanic.” ICR-Miami for Americano Media poll from March revealed just 1.7 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population uses “Latinx” while 60 percent describe themselves as “Hispanic” and 30 percent use the term “Latino.”
Newly elected Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX), who recently flipped a historically blue seat red, in the deeply Hispanic 34th District in Texas, seemed to expect Biden’s botched pronunciation, when she tweeted a previous gaffe from Jill’s past-
At “a pop-up vaccination site for farmworkers” in California in March 2021, reportedly, Jill mispronounced what seemed to be “si se puede.”-Rep. Mayra Flores, (R)TX
When in fact the Deputy Communications Director, for the Republican Governors Association, Joanna Rodriguez. Tweeted a correction.
It’s ‘Si se puede” (Yes you/we can) not ‘Si se pwadueh,'”-Joanna Rodriguez, Republican Governors Association
Weighing in on First Lady Biden’s comments, among others, the Hispanic Journalists Association stated-
“Using breakfast tacos to demonstrate the uniqueness of Latinos, in San Antonio, demonstrates a lack of cultural knowledge and sensitivity”-National Association of Hispanic Journalists
After the social media frenzy was in process, apparently First Lady Jill Biden’s staff went to work handling damage control. It is intriguing how both Joe and Jill have their own verbal clean-up crews. The family that gaffes together gets clean-up staffs together. All this at U.S. tax-payers expense.
Jill’s staff, offered an apology Tuesday, on her behalf , after she compared Latinos to breakfast tacos, stating-
“The First Lady apologizes that her words conveyed anything but pure admiration and love for the Latino community,”-Press Secretary to the First Lady, Michael LaRosa.
Viewing her remarks as out-of-touch and even racist, many in the Latino community were shocked. Again, if the remarks were pre-prepared, someone needs educated on Latino culture. Her comments were viewed as stereotypical and insensitive.
Like her husband, Jill needs a verbal handler it would seem. It also means that the toughest job in the White House is being on the Biden’s clean up crew. Sadly, one never knows how statements made will require, some degree of political spin to climb out of. Talk about a seat of the pants job. This is apparently an ongoing problem. ¡Qué situación más triste! (What a sad state of affairs!)
A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory”-Charles Horton Cooley