If you go to the official Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign website, you will find a list of “7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela,” preceded by a page asking for your email address and zip code since “Grandmothers are the best.”
It’s a slap in the face to all Americans, regardless of their ethnicity.
First, the breach in etiquette: In all Spanish-language countries, you have to expect that bringing up to complete strangers someone’s mother (tu madre) or grandmother (tu abuela) directly in the familiar (tu abuela instead of su abuela), especially without using the more genteel abuelita, will be taken as an insult. I don’t know how no one in the campaign, the focus group, or the chain of people coming up with this list could not have realized it.
Compound the breach in etiquette with this,
She isn’t afraid to talk about the importance of el respeto (especially when it comes to women) …
for a double whammy of ironic, patronizing cluelessness. As a native speaker of both English and Spanish, I’m fine with R-E-S-P-E-C-T, thank you, regardless of gender.
The list then completes the Hispandering checklist by showing Hillary with Marc Anthony,
Everybody loves abuela—even this guy.
in a photo taken during his recent Miami concert, which her campaign touted as the start of their Latino outreach. I’m glad I didn’t dish out $100+/ticket and truck all the way to the American Airlines Arena for an entertainment event, just to see her clamber up the stage. I was not alone; she was booed.
No, not everybody loves Hillarybuela.
The Christmas week timing is exquisite, too, as Christians celebrate with their families.
For non-Hispanics and Hispanics alike, there’s the fact that throughout their lives, most grandchildren love each of their grandparents for their uniqueness. Your maternal grandma is different from your paternal grandma; you realize it and appreciate them as you learn that both of them love you. Any outsider comparing themselves to them deserves immediate dismissal.
Let alone that the question, how does being a grandmother uniquely qualifies anyone aspiring for President of the United States?, lays bare the fact that Hillary is running only because she’s put up with Bill all these years, and their deal is that it’s now her turn. Nothing else in her entire life uniquely qualifies her. Hillary – who may know who Mary Pickford was – is too old to call herself “America’s sweetheart,” so she settles for “America’s grandmother,” opportunistically changing the latter word for Hispandering.
I won’t debase my own Puerto Rican grandmothers by listing the thousand ways Hillary Clinton could never measure up to them, closing this post instead with a bit of advice from Mexican political analyst Leon Krauze, another one to whom Hillary is definitely not his abuela,
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.