Friday, July 04, 2008

I'm in the Philippines, Gloria Goes to the US

While Gloria Macagalpo-Arroyo, the president of the Philippines, visited the US this past week, I have been here in the Philippines for the first time in my life.  And wouldn't you know, here is President Bush with his great stereotyping, degrading vernacular talking to the woman president of the Philippines:

PRESIDENT BUSH: Madam President, it is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Oval Office. We have just had a very constructive dialogue. First, I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that -- in which there's a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the -- of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House. (Laughter.)


PRESIDENT BUSH: And the chef is a great person and a really good cook, by the way, Madam President.


One of the White House cooks is Filipino and that is his comment about Philippine-Americans?  That is what he says after the history of colonization?  After hundreds just died last week in a typhoon?  A cook? His dinner?

And Gloria thanks him?  

Many reactions have suggested that GMA should have replied, "Your cook is a Filipino?  Oh good, my driver is White."

Grow a backbone, Gloria.

Good commentary here.

Cross posted at APA for Progress


  1. Anonymous12:33 AM

    White is not an ethnicity nor it is a citizenship...
    Maybe, good my driver is American would have been more appropriate...

  2. I heard about that mess as well ::shaking my head:: was a racialized comment. it therefore makes plenty of sense for Sudy to use "white". Can you imagine Bush saying something similar to Sarkozy if his cook was French?

  3. Sudy,

    He is fucking unbelievable.

    Except, he isn't.

    My God.


    except i am rarely surprised any more.

    hope you are doing well and having the most transformative experience of your life, sudy dear

  5. Oh God that is so embarrassing that he *represents* the country...

  6. Anonymous1:36 AM

    Jan. 20, 2009.......We hope...

    I for one am sick of being embarrassed to be American.



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