Michele Bachmann: "Who likes white people?" (or are they merely wet?)

Bachmann: Who likes white people?

Crowd: (Cheers)

Bachmann: Yeah! That's right! I'm Michelle Bachmann and I'm a member of congress and I'm running for the presidency of the United States and I'm here to talk tonight here to tell you about the creator of the universe, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

From Towleroad: A poster at Political Hotwire writes: "Apparently, the warm-up band for Bachmann was called the 'White People Soul Band'"

But another version of the video tells an entirely different story -- "Who likes wet people?" -- with telling context that's clearly been edited out in the fast-spreading one above.


  1. How is it that the media haven’t jumped all over that “Who likes white people?” greeting?

    Oh, wait. Responsible journalism died a long time ago. Never mind.

    1. Responsible journalists would have looked for the unedited version of the video, conveniently displayed an inch or two below the edited version, and seen that it’s a non-story based on the context.

  2. Yeah, it’s “wet,” not “white.”

    I do find it curious that it was actually Jesus who created the universe!

    1. Having been raised catholic and become an atheist,  I always got a chuckle when people talk about Jesus creating the universe.   Might as well throw a time travelling paradox ontop of that whole zombie loving mess right?

  3. Considering the edit I feel like there might be a whole lot more to this…not that I am defending this person at all…

    Like, “Who likes white people?”  “Who likes black people?”  “Who likes everyone?”  “Jesus, that’s who.”

    Or something along those lines…

  4. Politicians don’t go around saying blatantly racist things before election season.  Not that I’m defending MB, she disgusts me on many levels.  But this sensationalism, and I wish BoingBoing were above it.

    1. Since when don’t politicians go around saying blatently racist things?  Especially when talking about Muslims, for example?  And let’s not forget all the blatently homophobic things she has said as well.

  5. Pretty obviously “Who likes wet people?” followed by an immediate cut that removes the context. For the whole thing, where she immediately mentions wind and rain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfYVOLy-qPY 

    I’m no Bachmann fan, and I think she’s espoused terribly racist ideas, but this is just an unfair attack, and it should stop.

    1. > I’m no Bachmann fan, and I think she’s espoused terribly racist ideas, but this is > just an unfair attack, and it should stop.
      YEah, it makes me a bit suspicious, cause now I envision this being a talking point on a fox show…” well actually, your recitation of Bachmans crazy is invalid, for now I brush it off by casting full doubt on it’s obvious veracity… remember “Who likes White People?”

  6. Ah, and as soon as I post my words rebuking BB, the post is changed!  Good form BB, good form.

    1. how about her hand placement while saying it?   I guess I never noticed how close the fundamental “testify” hand signal is to the SS salute.

  7. I am the type of person for whom a more or less randomly quoted passage from the bible means approximately jack shit.

    Johnathan went up a hill…and yea verily he said unto thee… oh look my eyeballs are rolling back in my head because I’m having a stroke due to the near-complete irrelevance of the words you are saying.

  8. How is there not a mashup of this and “OM NOM NOM” yet. Internet, I am disappointed in you.

  9. ZOMG! It’s just like Michelle Obama’s “Why’d he” tape!

    (Except for this one actually existing)

  10. Never mind that it’s God the Father that created the Universe (according to the bible) and not Jesus Christ. Gotta love the lack of grasp of the fundamental!

  11. Nah, she’s nuts, and after her previous public statements regarding race, I’m not cutting her any slack at all. She’s evil that thinks it’s doing good.

  12. The woman seems to get further and further out there with each passing week.  It’s like she’s some sort of sociopolitical satellite metaphor, in an eccentric orbit influenced by evangelical doctorine, and at some future point her headspace will curve back around to become relevant to our planet again.

  13. wait, who created the universe? jesus or god or is jesus god. i thought jesus was the son of god.

    please religious people can you get your facts straight. i’m confused…

    1. The doctrine of the trinity (three persons, one being) is a fairly long-standing doctrine in many (though not all) Christian sects.

      Now, you can argue whether that makes sense, but that’s a completely different point as to whether or not she’s “get[ing] [her] facts straight.” As far as her interpretation of that doctrine is, she’s well within a very long-standing version of it.

    1. No, no. She’s wrong. The hurricane was caused by Thor because he was angry at how poorly his eponymous movie did at the box office and the earthquake was Hephaestus working at his forge. She is however correct that all weather phenomena are attributable to attempts at communication by deities. It has nothing to do with plate tectonics or any emperically observable patterns in nature. This is why she deserves to be our president. She knows how to read the animal intestines for the truth.

  14. For all that I hate Michele Bachmann and everything she stands for, I’d rather we kept the high ground here and didn’t stoop to Faux News levels of disingenuous editing practices like this.  Not necessary.  She doesn’t need help looking bad.

  15. Who likes white people makes more sense in the context (the band)… in which case she’s an idiot for stating it in that way (from a PR vantage point). Who likes wet people: makes less sense to me contextually than the above (despite the rain), and strikes me as a very strange question or statement. IF she’d said “who likes being wet”… that would be a whole lot more hillarious while also making sense. Who likes wet people is what I actually heard, but that may be her accent. What’s unfortunate is how people jumped on this… in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if this was somehow put out there to make those who criticize BAchman look like A-holes. Sounds paranoid, but that’s how sleazy politics are in this country.

  16. Yeah, come on.  She’s already nutty enough.  Faking shit is unnecessary, and all it does is give ammo to those who would argue for her.

  17. She proves once again that she’s dumber than a bag of hammers.  Just listening to her kills brain cells mercilessly.  Saying that, I hope she wins the nomination! :) Because that would be funny.

    1. Oh, I don’t get the impression that she’s ‘dumb’ at all. I think she knows what she’s doing. That said- please, can we IGNORE her now?

    2. Quit insulting hammers, they’re at least useful and can be used for something constructive…..

  18. All I can think of is that Randy Newman song, “Short People.” Just replace “short” with “white” and imagine Michele Bachmann doing the chicken dance to it. You’re welcome.

  19. I just don’t get the motive for the deceptively edited video here. It’s not like you have to search very hard to find footage of Bachmann saying genuinely outrageous and offensive things.

  20. As distasteful and scary as I find Michele Bachmann, if you listen to that clip without looking at the subtitles, it sure sounds like “wet people” to me. Now, does that make a lick of sense? No. Will I move my family to Canada if she gets elected? Yes. 

  21. Yup, the Lord works in mysterious ways.
    Case in point, any friends of mine who really felt it necessary to pray for me lost me as a friend from that point on.

    This little sermon kind of makes me wonder if anyone who’s ever owned a parrot eventually regretted teaching it what to say.

    EDIT: It later occurred to me that I probably wasn’t being concise enough here. I mean friends who felt it necessary to pray for me because I wouldn’t sheeple along with the rest of them, as if my trying to be good and fair (and good and fair to others) wasn’t good enough.

  22. I’m running for the presidency of the United States and I’m here to talk tonight here to tell you about the creator of the universe, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    This is the part of her speech that I find most offensive, and presumably that wasn’t edited in.

    1. Michele has no intention of “shoving her religion” down your throat!  However, she was speaking to Christians about the Christian faith!  She would not talk to other groups about these issues since she believes in the separation of church and state!

      1. When someone who wants to be president makes such a show of their religion while knowing she is vying for a job that requires her to do their best to represent all Americans, she is absolutely shoving religion down our throats.  If she was serious about leading all Americans, she wouldn’t be up there being head cheerleader for the 20% or so that share her closed-minded, willfully ignorant world view. If she wants to do that she can start a church.  The government has enough clowns in it already.

        1. I wish she were an Idiot rather than a Know-Nothing
          “When the Know-Nothings get control, it [the Declaration of  Independence] will read: All men are created equal except Negroes, foreigners and Catholics. When
          it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country
          where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and
          without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”
          — Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Joshua F.
          Speed, August 24, 1855,
          from Albert J. Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom                                           

        2. While I do not like Bachman, and I am about as liberal as you can get, it is called campaigning.  Every politician does it, even Democrats (Even Obama).

          That video was taken at an event that targeted a very specific crowd.  THAT is how you target that crowd.

          If you want her to blow off what you are calling the 20% or so, you are being unreasonable.  20% is way more than enough to swing an election.  And to be blunt, WAY more than 20% of Americans fall closer to her end of the spectrum than the other end.  That is not to say that they are all crazy right wing conservatives,  but rather a LOT of Americans will vote for a crazy religious nut, even if they don’t see eye to eye with them on most other things.

      2. That’s rich. It’s a conservative trope that the wall between the two was only in Jefferson’s mind and is not reflected in the Constitution. Don’t you even listen to talk radio?

  23. Why would anyone want to edit an MB video. The things she actually says should be enough to doom her career

  24. Can we please get back to traditional values and start having our Christian festivals in the Flavian amphitheater again?

  25. Ok.  First of all, she is from Iowa.  She speaks with a mid-western accent.  She is not saying wet people.  That would make no sense at all…However, as some have pointed out, there is no band call White People Soul Band on the bill at this christian music festival.  However, there was some band called Willet.  Seriously.  I don’t hear it,  I hear ‘white people’ but it is possible that she is asking who likes ‘Willet, people.’  There does exist a band called White People Soul Band…they just go by White People….and I can’t find enough info on them to tell if they are religious or not.

  26. Right, well, there was a post here about ‘the best brains from both sides’ yadda yadda; guess that got flagged out or moderated off for some non-obvious reason (seriously, the comment wasn’t offensive in any of the senses that matter here though it was fairly ridiculous to this professional cynic). So I guess I don’t get my pessimism points for the day. Whatever.

    OT, this is like the reverse of turd-polishing. MB is a turd and no matter how much you rub and rub all you will ever get is a shiny turd. The reverse of that concept seems to me to leave you with just a bunch of smashed up turd fragments. In either case, why bother. As with Palin (damn I hate to drag her wretched name out for comparison) sure they both have an audience, but that audience is populated with ignorant sheeple with whack-a-do ideals forged from some propagandists workshop. And just like the former, no we can’t ignore her (them, lest they garner more support from idiots registered to vote) but we can surely be more noble in our effort to combat this blight of doucheiness.

    All that said. It does indeed sound like she said ‘white people’ and FWIW in a normal scope or situation that would be no big deal but coming from the mouth of this f-head I can see why some folks would balk at that. Maybe it’s all a little overboard but it’s still disconcerting. I do hope she gets the nom though as that would just serve the repuglickers right.

  27. I can’t stand Bachmann, but the unedited video makes it clear that she’s saying “wet people,” and following it up by the comment about the God of the wind and the rain.

    And, for those who mock her statement that Christ created all things, the following from Collosians, chapter one, might be instructive:

    ” The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 
    For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth,
    visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or
    authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”

    Of course, for those who don’t accept Scripture, this means nothing, but some of the criticism above charges her with twisting scriptural doctrine.  The above quote demonstrates that scripture provides a basis for her assertion.

  28. It doesn’t matter what she said.
    Brouhahas like this are “racist theatre”.  It’s designed to make us see racism as something that far-right rednecks do by saying politically incorrect things.
    The real racism, the kind that matters, is bipartisan.  It is the the military, the police, the corrupt hiring and firing practices, the cuts in social programs…all things which Obama’s government participate in happily.
    Liberals will do all kinds of desperate things (and make all kinds of videos) to forget about that fact.  To shift the blame.  White supremacy is not on the rise in America.  It done rose about half a millennium ago and has yet to fall.

  29. I can hardly express how much  I despise propaganda. Props to boing boing for posting the clarifying video.

  30. It is wet. Trying to edit something to make someone look like a racist is sick. It belittles every real instance of racism, and makes those denials more believable. 

    I dislike Bachmann and everything she stands for. I think there is more than enough to damn her without hack jobs like this. 

    It reminds me of the fake reports on GW Bush’s military service. It took what was a reasonable point of interest and through lying about it made it impossible to discuss the real issues. Thanks who ever did this edit. You just made this country worse off.

  31. This is actually the kind of thing I’d expect from FOX News. Strange to see it coming from someone else.

  32. I know it’s been a while since I’ve been to church, but I could’ve sworn it was God who created the universe, not Jesus…

    1. Jesus is part of God.  According to Christian theology, God is a trinity.  Christ is part of that trinity.

      If you read the various creation stories in the bible, God does not always refer to himself in the singular.

      More to the point, in the creation stories, man tends to use he, God tends to use we.

      I haven’t gone to church in a heck of a long time, but I believe solidly in making arguments based in reality and not punching at shaddows.  Poking fun at her for making statements that ARE docrtinely and scripturaly sound does not help your case.

      Note, I am  not saying I believe what she says, I am just saying that the book she is quoting supports it.

  33. Obama is symbolic of everything that’s good about the US: either too weak-willed, too corrupted or too outnumbered to withstand the corrosive effects of all that right-wing mental malware.

    The brief glimmer of hope for the US he provided will be extinguished once and for all as Bachmann takes the helm and grinds America into the dirt.

    Because as all good Republicans know, Jesus hates science and the poor. This ain’t gonna be pretty…

  34. So if she’s not there to talk about poli-ticks, why bother mentioning the part about running for Pres?

    Earth quakes, and hurricanes are messages from God? What the hell, did he forget he has angels at his disposal to come down and talk to us… Or is it more likely that a highly revisionist book of fables and myths is really just a bunch of hogwash?

  35. Sad that this kind of purposefully dishonest crap is everywhere in politics…

    Thanks BoingBoing for posting the unedited version of this. Seriously, Bachmann says enough ridiculous things by herself, does someone really need to discredit themselves by trying to create a racist comment?

  36. Even if she’s saying “wet people,” I still can’t understand it. In response, everyone cheers, and someone in the background shouts “Halleluia!” while the band member raises his fists. That simply makes zero sense to me, so I find it hard to believe she’s asking the crowd if they like “wet people”. It makes much more sense if she were referring to the name of the band. Maybe the name of the band is “Wet People”?

  37. I like all of the people calling her a heretic when they don’t know anything about Christianity.  John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” 
    And from the rest of the passage it is clear that Jesus = “the Word”.

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