Not very presidential.
Ann Romney dismissed concerns about her husband’s tax returns Thursday, contending that the two of them have “given all you people need to know.”
“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,” the potential first lady said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years.”
“We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life,” she added later.
“You people.” Is that like “the little people“?
Interestingly, the phrase “you people” is usually used, inappropriately, against blacks (see def. 2 and 3), as former GOP chair Michael Steele implicitly confirmed here. Good thing there aren’t any African-Americans in this race. Or for that matter, any African-American journalists sitting across from you when you use the phrase “you people”:
I’m not suggesting that Mrs. Romney is a racist. I am suggesting that the Romneys are so out of touch with regular Americans that they don’t even understand that it’s probably not a good idea to use the phrase “you people” about a black reporter, or a black president.
As for Mrs. Romney’s comment that:
“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,”
Isn’t that what we’re trying to do?
And finally, as for Mrs. Romney playing the Mormon card – which is interesting, since the Romneys don’t often seem to want to raise attention to the fact that they’re Mormon – the Romneys had no choice but to give the Mormons 10% of their income. It wasn’t like they voluntarily “chose” to do it, or could have chosen not to do it (from what I’ve heard, good luck trying not to pay your tithe, especially if you have money).
It is interesting, however, how we’re now to believe that giving the Mormons the 10% they demand proves that all other financial questions are off limits.
So now being a Mormon means you don’t have to release your tax returns when you run for office, and it means you can lie to the FEC or SEC with impunity. Huh. Never knew that.
All of this is just another sign of how desperate the Romneys are becoming in response to the outrage over their refusal to come clean on their taxes.
NB Speaking of “you people,” quite a diverse lot of faces over at the Romney headquarters today:
RT @KevinMaddenDC: The Guv addressing RFP staff this morning…http://t.co/tqrSgzkc
|You people look awfully white.|