From pool report today:
A lipstick-smeared president marked the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the East Room. He paid tribute to the contributions the AAPI community has made to the country, hailed the importance of immigration to America and called for lawmakers to find a way to fix today’s broken system. But before he could get to the tributes or the praise, he had to explain away the red smear on his right collar. After greeting the almost 300 in the audience with “Aloha,” he praised the warmth of their welcome. “A sign of the warmth,” he said, is “the lipstick on my collar.” He blamed the aunt of Jessica Sanchez. Sanchez, of Chula Vista, Calif., was the runner-up in the 11th season of American Idol. Making sure everybody could see the offending mark, the president pivoted, pointed to it and said, “Look at this.” He added, “I do not want to be in trouble with Michelle, so I am calling you out.”
I’m sorry, I must not have the proper immigration visa to comment on the San Francisco Giants poor performance in Toronto. Multi-run defeats to a last place team? I commented at the start of the series, dismissing it saying ex-Giant, new-Blue Jay, Melky Cabrera was having a non-dairy creamer kind of season. But he played more like 100 percent homogenized. And well, there are other things than baseball for a few days.
By the way, was that really baseball? The turf seemed to baffle the Giants, who played like they were newcomers to cricket. That was it, right? It was cricket?
If you can’t trust baseball, what more the government? Between the IRS, Benghazi, and AP scandals, I’ll have more on that later and how it could affect the immigration bill at www.aaldef.org/blog.
Oh, we’re also half-way done with Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month? So now you can officially celebrate if you’re half-Asian? No, AAPI Month is for everyone!
In case it slipped your mind, it’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Come on, get AAPI!
If you’re non-Asian, let’s hope someone of Asian descent goes amok and greets you in an atypically loud, outlandish, and celebratory way. Sort of like Norm Mineta planting a wet one on Joe Biden at the APAICS dinner. (I don’t know if Norm did, but he should have.)
It really is OK to show a little PDA (public display of Asian-ness), at least during this month.
For goodness sakes, it’s the law (Section 102, Title 36 of the U.S. Code). Right up there next to Flag Day, the day that compels many to wear Old Glory on their lapel. (Maybe you can find a lapel button with Bruce Lee’s picture on it?)
My hope is the month will also inspire our legislators not to screw with us too badly on that confounded compromise of an immigration bill.
It’s mark-up time on that piece of Senate legislation offered up by the “Gang of Eight.”
(Read the rest of my commentary on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.)