ABC: No, Ann Romney didn’t say ‘you people’

posted at 9:21 pm on July 19, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Audio of an interview with Ann Romney on “Good Morning America” appears to exonerate her from a mini-scandal gleefully flogged by the Left today.

Asked on GMA about the Romneys’ tax returns, Romney replied, as reported by ABC:

“There are so many things that will be open again for more attack,” Ann Romney told ABC’s Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” when asked about releasing tax returns. “And you just want to give more material for more attack. And that’s really — that’s just the answer.”

She added, “And we’ve given all our people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how — you know, how we live our life.”

To some, it sounded like Romney said “And we’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how — you know, how we live our life.”

As this was bubbling up online, I thought before watching the tape that it was a clumsy construction and one that would lend itself perfectly to the portrayal of the Romneys as out of touch. It didn’t sound in keeping with Ann Romney’s reputation for a good political ear and skill on the trail, but I figured she could have been just a little ticked about this and letting it show, referring to Democrats and the press as “you people” in a moment of pique. That moment was, of course, interpreted gladly as a reference to the American people by political adversaries.

ABC takes up the mini-scandal of the day and delivers its verdict:

Our ruling after reviewing the original audio is that she did not include the “you.”

New York Magazine rules for Ann Romney, too:

Sounds more like “We’ve given all [stumble] people need to know,” if you ask us. The letter y definitely makes an appearance in there, but the word you does not. Maybe Romney was going to say, “We’ve given all you need to know,” and decided at the last moment to replace “you” with “people.”

There is a pause and possibly a consonant in there before “people,” but it’s a stretch to call it “you” (certainly more debatable than this quote). You’d think if she were going to use “you people,” her body language and tone would be more annoyed.

Here’s the video. The sentence comes a little after two minutes:

Ultimately, when a moment is garbled like this, it’s an aural Rorschach. Those who think ill of Ann Romney will believe she said “you people” and those who don’t will give her the benefit of the doubt. The unclear pronoun “that” in Obama’s “you didn’t build that” is another example— those inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt think it refers to “roads” while those who aren’t think “business.” But Obama’s in-context remarks offer plenty of support for his doubters (that’s why the Romney campaign gladly used his remarks in context).

The Ann Romney audio’s damning content pretty much consists of a possibly partially uttered “y.” Liberals are welcome to take issue with her argument on the tax returns, but absent more compelling audio, it’s nice to see the “you people” accusation being debunked by media before it becomes part of political lore.

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Their latest outrageous outrage? Chik-Fil-A who said they run their business on biblical principals, and other 23 other businesses that donate to Republican PACS.

Flora Duh on July 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

You think maybe this kind of crap is why the Romney Pacs aren’t releasing their contributers. Blackmail is an ugly thing. Not to mention the fear of crazies with pitchforks showing up in their front yard.

bluealice on July 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM

ABC: No, Ann Romney didn’t say ‘you people’

…I wish she would have said… “Fluke you people”!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Well the left is always saying “They”. As VDH says, who is “they”.

Hummer53 on July 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM

They are scrutinizing this bit of film like the Zapruder film.

Yet the Fast & Furious scandal…..

Crickets

portlandon on July 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Surreal…. And when I think about how much they scrutinized in the media that bit: ‘ for the first time in my adult lifeI am proud to be American’….I mean there ‘s clearly no bias there…

jimver on July 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM

ABC: No, Ann Romney didn’t say ‘you people’

…I wish she would have said… “Fluke you people”!

KOOLAID2 on July 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I know :) I was hoping :)..

jimver on July 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Thank goodness she didn’t say balck, errr, I mean, “blah people”!

RanchTooth on July 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

chumpThreads on July 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

at least your honest

dmann on July 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM

You people? As in you people who keep asking for more tax returns? Yeah, what about it? Surely that choice of words isn’t the least bit important in the context of millions of unemployed and a Constitution that is being flouted constantly, is it?

What a hopelessly silly culture we’ve become.

Reggie1971 on July 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM

“You people” indeed; the criminally corrupt media. Ann was spot on!

dmann on July 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM

She said “Jiew” people–I heard it!! She’s an anti-Semite!! Just like, um, oh darn, Jimmuh, and Sharpton, and uh, never mind.

smellthecoffee on July 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM

The Jooooooos – that’s it! We should have known.

Philly on July 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I’m with sharrukin here, to me it sounds like she said “you people” but so what? Its not a derogatory phrase to say “you” now is it? This crap is getting way out of control and as long as we keep pandering to this garbage by jumping on the soapbox with fist in air trying to bat off all the mud slinging nothing in this country is going to get done.

What is it we tell our kids when some other kid keeps messing with them? Ignore them and they usually go away because they can’t get a rise out of you. Although they got their “knickers” in a wad, the other side got their panties in a bunch in jumping in it too by trying to quickly minimize any damage…

Seriously, why not wait to see if causes any damage before calling in the troops!It really is embarrassing that all our politicians can do is act like a bunch of five year olds on a playground whining every time someone calls the other a name. And then watching each camp try to clean things up is something of watching a slapstick comedy! I think its time to start looking for adults to run this country and get out of this two-party grade school system.

ThinkingForMyself on July 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM

NY Magazine is right.

She was saying “all you need to know” as if she was talking to the press.

She then flips and says “all youthe people need to know”.

She’s actually very choppy throughout the interview. I don’t think she was comfortable in the situation; sitting, one-on-one.

budfox on July 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM

If only you people at Hot Air would spend half as much time examining Obama’s birth certificate, his relationships with Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright or even the length of his 175 yard tee shots or 55 foot pitches.

He’s not just a thug and a marxist. He’s incompetent. At everything.

Basilsbest on July 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Is this real life?

the new aesthetic on July 19, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I guess it is now.

SagebrushPuppet on July 19, 2012 at 10:56 PM

If only you people at Hot Air would spend half as much time examining Obama’s birth certificate, his relationships with Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright or even the length of his 175 yard tee shots or 55 foot pitches.

He’s not just a thug and a marxist. He’s incompetent. At everything.

Basilsbest on July 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I don’t know about that. He’s been quite proficient at wrecking the country.

SagebrushPuppet on July 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM

If only you people at Hot Air would spend half as much time examining Obama’s birth certificate, his relationships with Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright or even the length of his 175 yard tee shots or 55 foot pitches.

He’s not just a thug and a marxist. He’s incompetent. At everything.

Basilsbest on July 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Even if refutation-proof evidence of O’bama’s being born in Hawai’i does show up eventually, there are still at least two problems.

1. He’s admitting that he was born and grew up in a State where the Majority Non-White school kids, including those at his own schools, routinely beat up the Minority White Kids every year (“Kill Haole Day”)

2. He’s also admitting that he was born and grew up on an island where the Island Royalty once Ate Dogs.

Gotta watch some Gilligan’s Island reruns now.

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Really? What kind of things, Ann?

“What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

His magic underwear :)…you, people wanna see them? :)…

jimver on July 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM

You think maybe this kind of crap is why the Romney Pacs aren’t releasing their contributers. Blackmail is an ugly thing. Not to mention the fear of crazies with pitchforks showing up in their front yard.

bluealice on July 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I agree bluealice. I used to be for full disclosure but not anymore. I’ve watched the ugly side of retribution since 2008, from the Occupy folks on. People have the right to express themselves but be left alone as well.

itsspideyman on July 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Obama’s spiritual guide says “God d@mn AmeriKKKa” and nobody bats an eyelash.

But Ann Romney “maybe” mumbles “you people” and it’s Holy Horrible Hate Speech, Batman!

The Eleventh and Twelfth Commandments of Political Correctness:

11. Thou shalt not utter the N-word.
12. Thou shalt not utter the YP words (= “you people” in the Urban Dictionary of Bitter Clingers).

Steve Z on July 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Really? What kind of things, Ann?

“What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

His magic underwear :)… You, people wanna see that ?

jimver on July 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM

You people didn’t build that. Somebody else did.

bitsy on July 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Mary Katharine Ham on July 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Thanks for the clarification. I’m not a tv watcher, so I wouldn’t have heard your views. I appreciate your response here.

conservative pilgrim on July 19, 2012 at 11:42 PM

I’ve lived in the South or Texas all my life, and have met or known my share of so-called racists and those who weren’t. Ann Romney is the inverse opposite of a racist, but I so want them to go after her on that basis. It will demean them and elevate her. Bring it on, Obama, bring it on.

TXUS on July 19, 2012 at 11:49 PM

But the grating, condescending, moronic, repetitive, mindless, obsession, possibly psychotic use of “folks” by Obama is just fine, eh?

pat on July 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t one of the symptoms of MS difficulty speaking.

terryannonline on July 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Yes. My mother has MS, is 62yo & has been basically a vegetable for the last 5 years. She’s been in a nursing home under full care since 2001. Horrible, horrible, horrible disease.
And stress can bring on attacks.
I sincerely hope Ann Romney can take the stress.
But I think she can.
She has unshakable faith in God & a wonderful family it seems.

Badger40 on July 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM

How totally ridiculous.

When my high school Spanish teacher used to get exasperated with us because we carried on during class, he’d shake his head and say “You people … “

PatriotGal2257 on July 20, 2012 at 1:42 AM

The ridiculous thing about this is VP Joe “the Gaff” Biden said “you people” at his appearance the other day at the NAACP, but no coverage of that! I guess no one was listening.

JeffVader on July 20, 2012 at 2:44 AM

I think she said lizard people. Is David Icke secretly running the Romney campaign?

Mark1971 on July 19, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Lool :) Weren’t they supposed to be reptilians or something? :)

jimver on July 20, 2012 at 3:56 AM

IMO, if she had actually said, “you people”, I would have interpreted it as meaning, “you effing media who will never be satisfied with anything we give you and who will continue to cover for your messiah.”

NoNails on July 20, 2012 at 6:55 AM

“What is Mitt Romney hiding?”

chumpThreads on July 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

…words of true desperation.

zoyclem on July 20, 2012 at 7:21 AM

What a hopelessly silly culture we’ve the media has become.

Reggie1971 on July 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Meanwhile Obama plays 102 rounds of golf, has done 76 fundraisers and hasn’t met with his jobs council in 6 months. There has been no budget in 3 years. (If we had a competent President and he spent even 10 rounds worth of golf time trying to get congress to agree to a budget by actually compromising instead of posturing don’t you think we’d have a budget by now?)Hundreds of people are dead because of automatic weapons directed to drug dealers by the U.S. government and the Obama and the DOJ are continuing a blatant cover-up and obstruction of justice.

And Ann Romney’s word choice is the media’s main focus. And conservatives wonder why we have trouble winning elections. When the collective media IQ is in the low double digits, this is what you get.

talkingpoints on July 20, 2012 at 7:33 AM

She got off easy, look what happened to Rick Santorum when he stumbled over the phrase “people’s lives” and everyone thought he was talking about “black people’s lives” even though the paragraph was talking about making “all of you” dependent on the government, when speaking to a mixed, mostly-white crowd.

The Schaef on July 20, 2012 at 7:33 AM

If only you people at Hot Air would spend half as much time examining Obama’s birth certificate, his relationships with Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright or even the length of his 175 yard tee shots or 55 foot pitches.

He’s not just a thug and a marxist. He’s incompetent. At everything.

Basilsbest on July 19, 2012 at 10:46 PM

That’s why we rely on people like you…none of “us” know anything about what you posted…thanks for telling “us” how much better informed you are than “us”.

But that is why we need you, so you can tell us about how long his tee shots are, a very critical thing for us to know…and what’s this about his birth certificate and this man named Bill Ayers? To whom do you reference? None of “us” know of this.

right2bright on July 20, 2012 at 7:37 AM

What’s wrong with saying ‘you people’. It’s not racial in context or demeaning. Oh, and she has a horse. Big whoop, I have two. When are we going to hold the media to a standard where the issues are discussed instead of the fluff?

Kissmygrits on July 20, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Even if she did say “you people”, what is wrong with that. It is not like she is talking about them as if they wre black or hispanic. She was talking to a few priviledged news readers that, as a group, are not her friends. This PC junk has got to go. It is only used by the librul media to play gotcha.

Old Country Boy on July 20, 2012 at 8:13 AM

She clearly was talking about the sheeple which is why she said “ewe people”.

princetrumpet on July 20, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I love the smell of desperation and fear on Democrats. It so becomes them!

claudius on July 20, 2012 at 8:40 AM

They are scrutinizing this bit of film audio like the Zapruder film Zimmerman audio.

Yet the Fast & Furious scandal…..

Crickets

portlandon on July 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Apologies in advance to those who may fall into the category, but anyone would would change their vote because of, or base their vote on, this is, well, just not too bright.

mel23059 on July 20, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I know its all settled now, but ‘you people’ could have been short for ‘you stupid left-wing radical media jerks, that also live in the life of luxury yet think you are just like everyone else.’

Schwalbe Me-262 on July 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

And this is why I wouldn’t do well running for office. I see nothing wrong with calling the press “you people”…..

dczombie on July 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Ann should have taken lessons from Biden and said “all you fu*king people”

katiejane on July 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Next time he’s asked to release more financial info, Mitt should ask, “When are you people gonna do some reporting on Fast and Furious?”

I don’t see the problem with the phrase “you people.”

Akzed on July 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Obowma has firmly established it takes many to create a business or do anything without help, so Ann Romney must have said ” all of us people”.

WHO CARES. The media attempt to create more Romney drama where there is none.

How about the media spending the time and energy in finding what will Obowma do about: Obowma’s grades, Bill Ayers connections, Rezko the convicted felon financial deal for Obowma’s house in Chicago,, what did he mean when overheard talking to the Russian president on cutting missiles, job plan, cutting spending, the plan for black unemployment, plan to reduce welfare rolls……

dthorny on July 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

What’s wrong with saying “you people”? PC gone mad, now I’ll have to use it all the time. Think I’ll start by paying all my bills by making the check out to “You People” and see if they’re not too offended to cash it.

Buttercup on July 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM

1. He’s admitting that he was born and grew up in a State where the Majority Non-White school kids, including those at his own schools, routinely beat up the Minority White Kids every year (“Kill Haole Day”)

Del Dolemonte on July 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I got there a few days before Christmas 1989 (I was halfway thru my 5th grade year) and left summer of 1994 after my freshman year of highschool. With the exception of 6th grade (when I went to the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Air Station school) I went to all Hawaiian public schools, the last day of school was “Kill Haole Day”.

Fortunately I was fast, and the base kids that went to school out in town all stuck together(black white hispanic asian etc etc) and would protect one another. Non-base white kids were out of luck since they had to get home thru the very neighborhoods where most of the punks lived. The atmosphere in Hawaii was definitely white hostile. The blacks didn’t have nearly as much trouble, but ‘local’ blacks definitely joined in the jumping when given an opportunity.

StompUDead on July 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Didn’t Biden say “you people” at the NAACP meeting?

amr on July 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Really? Is this all they’ve got on the Romneys? Obama and Biden are the biggest gaffemasters in the race.

I guess Obama doesn’t really gaffe, he just carelessly reveals his true ideology.

the_souse on July 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

When did it become illegal to refer to a group as “you people” anyway? Sheesh. This is the liberal media once again flacking for Obumble to avoid the real issues that the nation faces after his 4 years of total destruction and intentional harm.

Jarhead68 on July 22, 2012 at 4:33 PM

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