Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut a Spanish-language ad with Rep. Luis Gutierrez, to promote a May 12 citizenship workshop at which the two politicians will appear.
Gutierrez, who was born in Puerto Rico, does most of the talking, but he allows Emanuel to utter a few token phrases: “Hola,” “Venga con nosotros,” and “Por favor, llegue temprano.”
The workshop will take place May 12 at Benito Juarez High School, 1450-1510 W. Cermak Ave.
Here’s the ad, followed by a full English translation:
Gutiérrez: Hello, this is our friend, Rahm Emanuel.
Gutiérrez: I invite you to participate in my citizenship workshop along with our special guest, the Mayor.
Emanuel: Join us.
Gutiérrez: If you qualify to become a citizen come to the citizenship workshop, Saturday May 12.
Emanuel: Please, arrive early.
Gutiérrez: We will assist the first 500 persons who get in line.
Emanuel: It is time!
Gutiérrez: Become a citizen!
Disappointingly, Emanuel does not swear in Spanish.
“Taping the PSA was fun,” Gutierrez said. “The Mayor is a natural and needed very little coaching on Spanish pronunciation.”
Gutierrez is probably glad he’s figured out a way to get in more words than the mayor. And also that the mayor is working with him after he endorsed Gery Chico in 2011.