Starting out with “Who likes white people?” seemed a little out there, even for Michele Bachmann.
Language Log has done a convincing job of demonstrating that she really said, “Who likes wet people?”, which you can prove to yourself by closing your eyes and listening. You know what it is — it’s those damn subtitles (or are they supertitles?). When you see the words up there, it sure sounds like “white”, even when you know it’s “wet”.
I like this as an example of the suggestibility of perception. Could this be the Benny Lava of American politics?
No, maybe not.