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Bill Maher on 'Rosengate': Meant to Say Ann Romney Has 'Never Gotten Her Ass Out of the House to Work


"there is a big difference."

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Weighing in on the controversy that became known as "Rosengate," Bill Maher said Friday he thinks Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen meant to say Ann Romney "has never gotten her ass out of the house to work."

Rosen drew outrage this week when she said the stay-at-home wife of GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney "never worked a day in her life." Rosen subsequently apologized for her remarks, saying she did not mean to denigrate stay-at-home moms.

First calling the flap the latest in "stupid, non-consequential meaningless controversies" to engulf the presidential campaign, Maher said Rosen's word choice was "perhaps inartful."

"But what she meant to say, I think, was that Ann Romney has never gotten her ass out of the house to work," Maher said. "No one's denying that being a mother is a tough job -- I remember that I was a handful. OK, but there is a big difference in being a mother in that tough job, and getting your ass out of the door at 7 a.m. when it’s cold, having to deal with the boss, being in a workplace, and even if you're unhappy you can’t show it for eight hours, that is a different kind of tough thing, isn't it?"

Watch the clip below (content warning -- strong language). Hilary Rosen/Ann Romney discussion begins around the 4:40 mark:

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