Today was the annual Latino Day in the capitol rotunda and I decided to give my speech in Spanish this year. OK. It was gutsy. But, it was also Friday and the day after cut-off so I felt like a change of pace and some fun.
My aide, Arron, speaks Spanish and translated the speech I wrote a few days ago. I had to practice a bit but I had a blast and I think it went well. My message was applauded a couple of times during the presentation...which at least let me know I was understood!
My Message: I am promoting teaching Chinese and Spanish in the primary grades because it is important to begin language instruction when a student is young. I also mentioned my efforts in Honduras.
Son, Representative Dan Roach, spoke at an earlier meeting. He spoke without notes. Fluent in Spanish, I have suggested that he be an emissary to the Hispanic Community representing Republicans. I think he and I were the only Republicans to speak today. The governor was there and her representative spoke. The Lt. Gov. spoke (after me :o), and the Speaker of the House also spoke. Then there was Dan and Pam! I didn't tell Dan...but I was given a T-shirt! Yo te amo, Daniel!
Adios y Abrazos,