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May 2, 2009
Just a tad tetchy
Hispanic members of Congress are demanding an apology from the GOP for a split second image in a 1:24 minute video montage that never mentions the CHC or even Latinos in general. The web ad Do You Feel Safer? is from John Boehner. Among fleeting images of newspaper headlines about Guantanamo, cable news clips and images of President Obama with the King of Saudi Arabia, speaking before the House Democratic Caucus, laughing with Joe Biden and slapping hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez there is a single shot near the end of the President meeting the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the White House before the video closes with images of terrorists. I'm pretty up on politics and without the Hill story had the image even registered, I would have probably assumed it was from the Latin America leg of the world apology tour, coming as it did after the image of Chavez. Here is what the chair of the CHC has to say about it.
"Latinos contribute to the progress of this nation, and have a long standing history of serving of our country," Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the CHC, said in an accompanying statement. "The video posted on Congressman John Boehner's official website is a completely inappropriate message for the leader of the minority party to send to the American people."It's enough to make me wonder what internal polls --as opposed to the ones being paraded in media headlines -- are showing about the level of approval this administration enjoys, especially on issues of national security.
"It's disrespectful to the hard-working Latinos across the nation, serving in every sector of our economy and on our military's front lines," Velazquez's statement continued. "The CHC demands an apology from the Minority Leader for this insensitivity and that the video be removed immediately."