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Sequester Seems to Have Felled Cinco de Mayo Bash

It seems that for the first time in recent memory, the White House will not be holding a Cinco de Mayo celebration, with the usual May 5 festivities apparently succumbing to the sequester axe.

The Obamas at the 2010 party
The Obamas at the 2010 party

The spirited annual affair, featuring Latino food, music, margaritas and obsequious comments from the president, is not on this week’s White House schedule. Instead of spicy food, President Obama Sunday served up a bland statement marking the holiday.

The cancellation is perhaps surprising given the political importance of the Hispanic vote and the opportunity the event would have given Obama to tout his top agenda item, immigration reform.

But the White House has apparently decided it would be bad form to stage another party – the Obamas just hosted a “celebration” of Memphis soul music – while government services are cut and the salaries of Obama’s own White House staffers are docked. And Obama and his aides probably don’t want to enter into a game of picking ethnic winners and losers, having last month cancelled the annual White House celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Obama strategists may also feel they have already covered their bases with Latinos, given that the president returned just Saturday from a trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.

31 Responses to Sequester Seems to Have Felled Cinco de Mayo Bash

  1. Keith, you are so wrong about this. Cancelling the celebration of Cinco de Mayo will make the latinos love Obama all the more. They will sympathize with him and understand that he really wants to spend a lot of money on their foreign holiday, but the bad, bad Repubs are making it impossible.

    Next chance to vote, they will line up in ever thicker droves to vote their support for the man who was deprived of his chance to show his love for latinos.

  2. Come on, knowing Dear Leader Obama’s schedule he’ll celebrate “Cinco de Mayo” sometime next week.
    It’ll give him a reason to throw a big party to distract everyone from ‘real news’.

    • Agreed. Someone in charge of the entertainment schedule simply forgot. Look for a party in the coming week or two.

    • Last year, he called it Quattro de cinco, so he’s probably waiting for the right day to be mentioned this year.

      • Actually, “quatro de cinco” was two days ago. The fourth of the fifth. The fifth being the fifth month and the fourth being the fourth day of that month. That would be May 4, which was two days ago.

  3. Now if they REALLY wanted to demonstrate savings, they’d cancel the three commencement addresses scheduled for the UNELECTED First Lady this month.

    • Valentine’s day the commercialized version. The real Valentine was martyred for continuing to marry roman soldiers to their girlfriends.

    • You mean “Drinko de Mayo”?

      Last year, the Rangers were at the Capitals for a playoff game on May 5. Rangers fans are obnoxious enough when they’re sober. Now imagine hundreds of them stewed to the gills, and in the playoffs to boot.

      I consider it a minor miracle that I didn’t witness any acts of drunken violence that day.

  4. Ever the cynic sees a different reason for not celebrating another country’s (Mexico) winning battle against an invader(France); it won’t fit with the premise that Mexican nationals really, really want to disavow a connection to their homeland, but want to become American citizens.

    It wasn’t that long ago when people marching for immigration reform were carrying the Mexican flag and wearing t-shirts proclaiming their love for Mexico. All they seemed to want then was the “right” to stay in America without fear of being deported.

    • At Easter time there was a Latino christian church carrying a cross through town. They made a point of stating their differences with US christians doing the same on Good Friday and further asserted there were numerous other customs they were unwilling to give up.

      A very long time ago, the young newhire in our department, fresh from India, said the day of Christmas off was of no use to her.

      There will be a slow erosion of our culture regardless, I guess. Let these 11 MIL in and the erosion will be faster as the current administration has so emboldened them as to their rights and rewards.

  5. My baby girl turned 30 on May 5th (yikes!) We consider May 5th to be a day set aside to celebrate Fawn’s birthday……..not some obscure Mexican holiday.

  6. BOO! Cincy Cinco’s “Cincy Cinco” celebration got rained out yesterday! :( THEN, Obama comes along and makes this the ONE party he DOESN’T have? 8<

    What's the matter, Mooche doesn't like brown people? I know a lot of Black poverty pimps don't like the competition for "majority minority", maybe Michelle Antonnette's on THAT bandwagon?

    I'm not surprised, though, that Barry is confident enough in the Hispanic vote that he doesn't feel he needs additional pandering. After all, with such a strong grounding in unions and liberal philosphy along with the obvious immigration issues, how many are likely to go GOP? In Barry's mind, Hispanic voters – like Black voters – can be safely counted on to park their religion in favor of their immediate wants, without any concern for what happens on the wider stage.

    "Hispanics" are a different sort of minority than the Obamas like, because language, rather than skin tone, tends to be the tie that binds. All colors from pale White to deep Black are represented in a multiplicy of countries with diverse customs, and some of which have fled from socialist systems like the one Obama is trying to impose, so they aren't always putty in the royal hands.

    That said, Spanish shares roots with Italian, so maybe this is what Obama is counting on;

    "e sone tanto semplici li uomini, e tanto obediscano alle necessità presenti, che colui che inganna troverrà sempre chi si lascerà ingannare."

    Which means;

    "But men are so simple, and governed so absolutely by their present needs, that he who wishes to deceive will never fail in finding willing dupes."

    Niccolo Machiavelli penned this in "The Prince" circa 1513. Stilll seems kind of current in this context, though. If he's counting on the immediate needs of the Hispanic community being met by opening borders and promoting SNAP assistance south of the border

    He may just be onto something…

    Plus, it's not his kind of music. Most of the Cinco music doesn't have anything derogatory to say about women, slurs for Black people, and hardly anything about killing police and White people; so if Jay-Z can't rap it, Bammy won't play dat!

    • Except for their putative votes, the AfAms do NOT like the “people of color” – you remember, AfAms are NOT “people of color”, by God they are BLACK. In my neck of the woods, the AfAms diss the Somalis, the Ethiopians, and the peoples of the Caribbean nations: none of them is genuine African American, and be extension, have not suffered nearly enough.
      The decision to allow/legitimize (somedays it’s 11 Million, somedays it’s 33 Million) the huge number of Mexicans will be hitting the AfAm community very hard. I doubt they will take it lying down, but maybe more reparations will help. Not jobs, you understand, just more free $$ in various forms.

      • “Except for their putative votes, the AfAms do NOT like the “people of color” – you remember, AfAms are NOT “people of color”, by God they are BLACK. In my neck of the woods, the AfAms diss the Somalis, the Ethiopians, and the peoples of the Caribbean nations: none of them is genuine African American, and be extension, have not suffered nearly enough.” – sportinlife10

        Liberals DO frequently confuse themselves with their own labels. Walter Willams has an excellent column about it this week. Here’s part of it;

        “How liberals identify black people must be confusing to whites. Having been around for 77 years, I have been through a number of names. Among the more polite ones are colored, Negro, Afro-American, black and, more recently, African-American. Among those names, African-American is probably the most unintelligent. Let’s look at it. To identify their races, suppose I told you that I had a European-American friend, a South America-American friend and a North America-American friend. You’d probably say, “Williams, that’s stupid. Europe, South America and North America are continents and home to different races, ethnicities and nationalities.” You might suggest that my friend is a German-American instead of European-American. My friend from Brazil is a Brazilian-American rather than a South America-American, and my friend from Canada is a Canadian-American instead of a North America-American. So wouldn’t the same apply to people whose heritage lies on the African continent? For example, instead of claiming that President Barack Obama is the first African-American president, he’s the first partially Kenyan-American president. Obama is lucky; he knows his national heritage. The closest thing to a national identity for most black Americans is some country along Africa’s Gold Coast. Adding to the confusion, what would you call a white American of Afrikaner or Egyptian descent? Is he an African-American?

        Liberals suffer confusion and cognitive dissonance because the rest of us don’t help explain things to them.”

        Of course, liberal labels are meant to be the OPPOSITE of clarity, so they can mean – whatever they WANT them to mean. You know, it depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is….

  7. The dog ate my homework sounds more plausible than anything Obama
    and his minions say. I think we should remember every single month the
    11th as Never Forget Benghazi Day. I’m sure there are lots of us who
    could get behind that.

  8. Except for the Mexicans on its east coast who celebrate the driving off of the French invaders, this is not an important holiday for the Mexicans. It is not the Mexican Independence Day as many in the US seem to think. It has become another commercially driven gringo holiday instead.

    • Yet it’s enforced in CA to the extent that on May 5th, American students wearing patriotic clothing are sent home and threatened because the mexican students are offended.

  9. Speaking of sequester, we have a friend who works for a private contractor at a base near DC who’s office received a letter not from their company but from the govt telling them they are not allowed to speak about sequester to anyone (their co-workers/family) or risk losing their job (obviously, they felt this goes against their 1st amendment rights to free speech which is why they mentioned it to us)! Can the govt threaten folks like that (obviously they can/have)?

      • We tried to tell them that exactly (or give it to us; we’d submit it)–only they are so fearful of losing their job/not being able to support their family in these hard economic times–they just won’t consider it (but we are discretely working on them to hopefully change their mind).

  10. They won’t be spending $$$ on a WH Cinco celebration because he just spent mega $$$ actually going to Mexico (and I’m sure he “celebrated” on our dime while he was there)–the $$$ spent on a WH party is chump change when he can put the taxpayers on the hook for so much more by actually going to the source of the celebration!