A ella le gusta la gasolina… republicana
McCain’s Yankee Doodle Daddy
John McCain made it clear who his daddy was Monday morning.
Daddy Yankee, the hip-hop star from Puerto Rico, endorsed the Republican candidate Monday morning. Wearing black aviator shades in the library of Central High School here, Daddy Yankee said, “I believe in his ideals and his proposals to lead this nation…He’s been a fighter for the Hispanic community.”
The students gathered for the event clearly were not told ahead of time that Daddy Yankee was part of the deal. As the Latin-Grammy-winning recording artist walked into the room, the girls shrieked and screamed, grabbed each other by the hands and gasped at the sight of him. One girl fanned the tears from her eyes.
“I just wanna say thank you, Daddy Yankee,” McCain said.
At the urging of McCain, Daddy Yankee hugged and kissed many of the girls on the cheek and shook hands with the guys. Meanwhile, McCain, holding the microphone, had a huge grin on his face.
Daddy Yankee is known for the song “Gasolina,” which falls under the genre “reggaeton,” a blend of hip-hop, dance music and reggae.
For those of you not familiar with Gasolina, it is one of the most annoying brain worms ever set to music. Here you have it:
You can say it is about “Energy independence”. Sort of.
On the other hand, it’s a nice endorsement for McCain, since Daddy Yankee’s very popular and is a much better counterpoint to the wimpy “yes we can” Obama celebrities.
Let’s go to the videotape:
Daddy Yankee is a hugely popular artist among Spanish speakers in the United States. His 2007 album, El Cartel: The Big Boss, was the most popular record in all Latin music categories, according to Billboard Magazine.
and has a newer Daddy Yankee song:
Univision‘s having a chat with Daddy Yankee tonight at 7PM Eastern. Show him your support!
I’ll be talking tonight on Daddy Yankee’s endorsement and identity politics in this evening’s Heading Right Convention, hosted by Political Vindication and Josh Allen. The show starts at 9PM Eastern. Join us!