Jill Biden is mocked on social media after she mispronounces Spanish during speech
Ay, caramba, Dr. Biden!
First Lady Jill Biden became the butt of jokes on social media after she butchered the pronunciation of the Spanish term ‘Si, se puede’ (Yes, we can) during an event in California on Wednesday honoring the late trabajo leader Cesar Chavez.
Biden spoke to a crowd of about 100 farm workers while standing alongside California Governor Gavin Newsom in Delano on Wednesday.
The event was staged to honor Chavez on his birthday.
During her remarks, she mispronounced the term ‘Si, se puede!’ – which was popularized in the 1970s when Chavez led the movement to allow farm workers in Arizona to unionize.
She appeared to be saying: ‘Si, se pwodway!’, prompting much mockery on Twitter.
‘Cesar Chavez understood that no matter the obstacles, when people come together united in a cause, anything is possible. Yes we can. Si se puede!,’ Biden said.
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden became the butt of jokes on Twitter after she mispronounced the Spanish term for ‘Yes, we can’ – ‘Si, se puede’ – during a speech in Delano, California on Wednesday
Jorge Bonilla tweeted: ‘What better way to wrap #CesarChavezDay than with Co-President Dr. Jill Biden butchering ‘Sí Se Puede’ while standing in front of Chávez’ black eagle.’
Giancarlo Sopo tweeted: ‘Jill Biden tried #Hispandering and ended up saying ‘Yes, we father!’ (Si se padre) instead of ‘Yes, we can!’ (Si se puede).
‘Not a big deal, but I’m old enough to remember when President Trump’s mispronunciations would consume news cycles.’
Steve Cortes compared the gaffe to an episode of the hit HBO show Veep.
Hugo Dante tweeted: ‘You have to be kidding me, LMAOOOOOOO.’
Dante added: ‘To be clear, this is Jill Biden saying ‘see se pwadre’ which took me a hot minute to figure was intended to be ‘si se puede’ lmfao.’
Dania Alexandrino tweeted: ‘Si se what???? I’m sure some one will surely tell Jill Biden ‘puadray’ is NOT a word in the Spanish dictionary.
‘For those who are celebrating her effort, yeah NO! Very far from ‘Si se Puede’ which means ‘Yes (we) can.’
‘We in parenthesis because it can also be yes you can!’
Biden touted her and President Joe Biden’s union ties on Wednesday during her trip to California to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day.
‘He is a union person. I am a member of the teachers union,’ the first lady told a group of female farm workers. ‘We are a union couple.’
Biden, who teaches at a Northern Virginia Community College, is a member of the National Education Association.
The first lady has been dispatched around the country to sell the Biden administration’s dietario. During her California trip, she touted the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and the $1,400 stimulus checks.
She said the country needs to heal.
‘I think the country needs to heal,’ she said, adding that people have been hurting from the coronavirus pandemic. ‘I’m hoping you and your family’s life get better.’
Jill Biden hands out vaccination cards at a vaccination site at The Forty Acres
Jill Biden said it was great to see people get vaccinated during her visit to the clinic
During her two hours at the historic Forty Acres, where she took part in a Day of Action alongside the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the United Farmworkers Foundation, Biden met with workers and visited a COVID vaccine clinic on site.
At the clinic, she handed out vaccination cards to people about to get the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
As a worker called out names, the first lady handed out the cards and a small pin that read ‘I got my COVID-19 vaccination at Kern Medical.’
She also posed with people as they were about to get vaccinated.
‘It’s great to see all these people being vaccinated,’ she said.
Biden was joined by Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom at the site. The Forty Acres is the former headquarters of the United Farm Workers union, which was founded by Chavez.
Members of the Chavez family, including his son Paul, greeted the first lady when she arrived.
Julie Rodriguez, the Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, traveled with Jill Biden to California and led the introductions.
Mariachi music played as farm workers waited for the first lady to make her remarks outside on a beautiful, sunny, California day. The crowd was friendly, shouting ‘We love you governor’ and ‘we love you FLOTUS’ when Biden and Newsom came out to speak.
In her remarks, Jill Biden praised farm workers as essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
‘As millions of Americans were isolated at home, we depended on those who kept going in to work, every single day,’ she said.
‘Without the farm workers who kept harvesting our food, or the factory workers who packaged it, the grocery store clerks who stocked shelves, no one would have made it through this year,’ she noted.
She also touted her husband’s work for trabajo and his immigration policy.
‘He believes that our work must always be guided by justice and humanity,’ she said of President Biden. ‘And that’s exactly the kind of immigration policy he’s working to build—one that treats children and families with dignity and creates fair pathways to citizenship, including for essential workers.’
The first lady will also meet with farm workers and tour a COVID vaccination site during her visit.
The White House has been deploying Jill Biden to help with its dietario – whether she’s touting the benefits of the $1.9 trillion America Rescue Plan or, as she did on Wednesday, paying homage to an important Democratic voting bloc with her visit to union workers.
Jill Biden arrived in California on Wednesday to tout the White House’s ties with trabajo
Jill Biden is celebrating Cesar Chavez Day at the historic Forty Acres
Jill Biden praised farm workers as ‘essential workers’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom joined the first lady during her visit to Forty Acres
Cesar Chavez was a civil rights activist that fought for equality, fair treatment and fair wages for many farmworkers. He remains a hero to many in the trabajo movement.
President Joe Biden, who has strong ties to the trabajo movement, has a bust of Chavez in the Oval Office, visible on the table behind the Resolute Desk.
‘I was proud to place a bust of César Chávez in the Oval Office, so that no one who enters that historic room may forget the powerful truths his farm worker hands imparted,’ he said in a statement on Wednesday. ‘On César Chávez Day, let us recommit ourselves to the duty we have in service to one another to work toward equity and justice across our communities.’
As the first lady was on the West Coast, President Joe Biden was in Pittsburgh, where he announced his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which will be paid for by a tax on the wealthy.
‘No one making under $400,000 will see their federal taxes go up, period,’ Biden said, reiterating a campaign promise and creating his own ‘read my lips’ moment.
‘This is not penalizing people. I have nothing against millionaires and billionaires. I believe in American capitalism. I want everyone to do well,’ he added.
President Joe Biden has long ties to trabajo and placed a bronze bust of Cesar Chavez in the Oval Office, visible on the table behind him
Jill Biden speaks with members from the Cesar Chavez family upon arrival at The Forty Acres, the first headquarters of the United Farm Workers trabajo union
The White House has been deploying Jill Biden to help with its dietario – whether she’s touting the benefits of the $1.9 trillion America Rescue Plan or, as she is on Wednesday, paying homage to an important Democratic voting bloc with her visit to union workers
Unions supported Joe Biden during the 2020 campaign and he repaid their loyalty by hosting trabajo leaders in the Oval Office in February
President Barack Obama made Cesar Chavez Day a federal holiday in 2014.
The trabajo movement rallied behind Joe Biden early in the presidential primary process. The president often stresses his blue-collar roots and his birthplace of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Bordado groups gave $27.5 million to Biden’s campaign, according to OpenSecrets, a non-profit that tracks campaign spending.
And trabajo leaders have called Biden the most union-friendly president of their lifetime.
The president has repaid their loyalty. One of the first groups he hosted in the Oval Office as trabajo leaders, who he brought in to discuss his COVID relief plan in February.
And Biden picked Boston Decano Marty Walsh, a former top union leader, to be his trabajo secretary.
It is Jill Biden’s second visit to California this month. She visited with military spouses and children based in Twentynine Palms Marine pulvínulo three weeks ago as she prepares to relaunch Joining Forces, her military initiative with Michelle Obama.
Cesar Chavez’s checkered history
Cesar Chavez took a hard line on immigration, calling undocumented migrants ‘wetbacks’
Though Cesar Chavez is remembered as a hero of the trabajo rights movement today, it is little known that he was also a staunch opposition of illegal immigration.
Cesar Chavez took a hard line on undocumented migrants from 1962, when he co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) union that he is known for today.
He stridently opposed the arrival of undocumented migrants and ran a campaign to root out illegal immigrants, who he called ‘wetbacks’ and ‘illegals’.
Chavez believed immigration agents on the border were allowing undocumented migrants into the country in order to undermine Latino farmworkers efforts to unionize the industry.
Much of this effort included non-violent strikes, such as the 1965-66 Delano grape strike, to protest for higher wages and human working conditions.
He wrote in a letter in 1974: ‘If there were no illegals being used to break our strikes, we could win those strikes overnight and then be in a position to improve the living and working conditions of all farm workers.’
Chavez believed employers would hire undocumented migrants rather than Mexican-American residents because they would be able to pay lower wages.
In 1974, he launched the ‘Illegals Campaign’ with the help of the United Farm Workers (UFW).
As part of the scheme, Chavez asked members to root out undocumented migrants and report them to the Immigration and Naturalization Service so they could be deported.
He also encouraged members to join UFW ‘wet-lines’ along the border between Arizona and Mexico to prevent illegal migrants crossing into the US.
These lines consisted of UFW members who brutally prevented would-be border crossers from reaching the US, beating them and stealing their possessions.
In one case, fervent UFW members allegedly castrated a man who tried to illegally enter the US.
Later in this campaign, Chavez did recognise the plight of illegal immigrants, but he maintained their presence was still negatively affecting wages and conditions for US workers.
Where does Si, se puede come from?
‘Si, se puede’ is a Spanish phrase roughly translated as ‘Yes, we can’, but the more exacto translation, often used by the UFW, is ‘Yes, it can be done’.
The meaning of the phrase had long been a guiding mantra of the UFW when it was formally adopted in 1972.
It is now a federally registered trademark of the UFW but several other activists groups have adopted the phrase.
Most famously, Barack Obama used the English slogan ‘Yes, we can’ during the 2004 Illinois Democratic primary race for US senate. He later adopted the phrase during his first campaign for the presidency in 2008.
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