“We’ve given all… [you].. people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life.” – Ann Romney on “Good Morning America” [Politico]

IT’S NOT REALLY what Ann Romney said, as much as how her interview came off, which is why “[you] people” went viral, like a political heat seeking missile ricocheting through the new media system at super sonic speed. For a lot of people now, Ann Romney has been defined. I can’t serve you cake, but it’s the dish of the day.

In fact, New York magazine didn’t even hear “you people,” but the magazine’s commenters didn’t care. The Twitterverse exploded with #YouPeople, hilarious 140 character laugh lines in a rapid fire contagion, one after another as viral became global. It’s never a good idea to do an interview with a chip on your shoulder, because whether Mrs. Romney actually said “you people” or not, that’s what people heard, because this is how she sounded…

Seriously, what do “you people” expect?

In the last two years alone, my husband and I have tithed $1.5 and $2.6 million, and given $7 million to charity. To get received, we have to pay, not that I mind, no really, I don’t.

What have you people done?

We even gave up our elevator for you people. What’s going to be enough?

Honestly, my Mitt is “a very generous person.” I’ve got stuff.

And haven’t you people read anything about my Mitt? All the people he’s helped. He saved the Olympics! Do you really “think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things?” Private equity is what it is, deal with it. At least the guy got paid to build the stage.



Oh, and when he was Massachusetts governor he didn’t take a salary. I won’t even go into all the money we had to move around to make that one work! Christmas was a nightmare.

And don’t get me started on “how disappointed” I am in Barack Obama and all those mean ads he’s running attacking Mitt on Bain Capital and making money. He’s doing God’s work, don’t you people know anything? Helping the poor, making another hundred million, it’s all the same to us.

I don’t need anyone to give me talking points. “It was beneath the dignity of the office of the president to do something as egregious as that.” Corporations are people too, you know, and we represent corporations and a lot of you people.

Let me tell you something else. That dancing horse ad? “It makes me laugh, it’s like, “˜Really?'” That’s the best you’ve got? Besides, there are so many of you people out of work out there, you’ll be asking yourself “in the voting booth in November: Are you better off now?” No, wait, what was it Ronald Reagan said? I can never remember…. um… Oh, right. Are you better off than you were four years ago? No, wait, that puts everyone back when the financial crisis exploded, when Pres. Bush was… [adjusts silk top]…

But really, “Do you really think the future is going to be brighter on the path we’re on, or do you think we need a change?”

“I already sort of know the answer,” I just wish I was sure, because you people are so ungrateful. The economy would be in a sink hole if it weren’t for all the taxes rich people pay… well, we don’t pay them, er.. I mean, we pay enough, so you people don’t have to.

Mark my words, you people are “going to fire the coach because things aren’t going well.” I mean, they are for us, but.. well… You’d be up a creek without a yacht if we weren’t.

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You do know “the coach” is Pres. Obama, right?

I’m never sure if I’m getting through to you people.

A majority of Americans, including almost a third of Republicans, say GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney should release more tax returns than the two years he has promised to disclose, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. […] By 54%-37%, they say Romney should release tax returns from additional years. Those calling for more disclosure include 75% of Democrats, 53% of independents and 30% of Republicans.Poll: Most say Romney should release additional tax returns [USA TODAY/GALLUP]