Bachmann points to 'great sense of humor' after God joke
August 30th, 2011
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Bachmann points to 'great sense of humor' after God joke

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann defended her recent comments about natural disasters in Washington, D.C. serving as messages from God, saying she was joking.

"I have a great sense of humor and I think it's important to exhibit that humor sometimes when you are talking to people as well," Bachmann said Monday at a campaign event in Miami. "Of course I was being humorous when I said that."


Her reaction was similar to her campaign's response Monday.

The Minnesota Rep. received criticism following statements she made over the weekend that equated the recent earthquake and Hurricane Irene to acts of God.

"Washington, D.C. you'd think by now they'd get the message," Bachmann said at a town hall in Florida Saturday to laughs. "An earthquake, a hurricane, are you listening? The American people have done everything they possibly can, now it's time for an act of God and we're getting it."

At Monday's event, Bachmann said the remarks were intended to tell the president he is not listening to the American people.


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  1. Sid Prejean

    If you ever utter the phrase, "I have a great sense of humor"....you don't.

    August 30, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. BigRed

    They are acts of God – just ask your insurance company (sorry, you're not covered....)

    August 30, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Greg

    Hahahaha, yeah, she has a great sense of humor. You know what else is funny? She thinks she's qualified to be President of the United States. Hahahahahahahahahaha. She's a great comedian.

    August 30, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Mark

    Romney, Perry and her other competitors are the ones who are laughing. She's making their job easier. They don't have to campaign against her. Her mouth and brain are their biggest assets.

    August 30, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Phil

    Make sure she tells the families of the 38 victims of Hurricane Irene, not to mention the families and loved ones affected by both the earthquake in Virginia, the tornadoes in Missouri, and the hurricane damage along the East Coast that, hey, it's funny!

    August 30, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Landed

    I wonder if the families of the dead and the families who have lost everything find her so called humor comforting. I thought Christians are supposed to be charitable and sensitive. Bachmann is when it suits her or when she remembers. What an idiot.

    August 30, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. nononsense

    Maybe my comment was too long; I'll post it in 3 parts:

    Tony 140 wrote about: this country and the world could use a bit more Christian virtues in their dealings...

    Well, first of all, as an atheist, I completely agree with you that more Christian values would be helpful to our nation and world. Problem is, virtually all of your high profile "Christians" are magnificent hypocrites and wouldn't know a true Christian value if it lept up and voted for them.

    August 30, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Voice of Reason

    I blame McCain. He's the one who started this with his 'rogue-ish' pick of Palin as VP. Since then, the message has gotten out that if you are halfway good-looking, and ultra-conservative, then you should drum up a list of folksy talking points, and run for public office. That's all it takes to get the conservative women votes. Palin, Bachmann, O'Donnell. They all have that exact strategy. What they dont count on is this: That women votors (conservative or otherwise) are WAY smarter than that. People eventually see through the thin veneer of 'folksy everyman' talking points, and see that the person doing the talking is really a small-minded, self-centered, oftimes-delusional, power-grabbing wannabe. She doesnt stand a chance.

    August 30, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Hurricanes are funny....torandos always crack me up....and floods get me giggling. Yeah.....human suffering is the best medicine right Michelle. Next.....just for fun......she will kill a puppy......that will have them rolling in the aisles.

    August 30, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Geoz

    Natural disaster jokes are just the best. 38 people having died is really a great topic be funny about.

    August 30, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. nononsense

    Tony 140 wrote: If I recall, free speech and freedom from religious persecution played significant parts in the development of this great Nation.
    ********
    I would encourage anyone interested in this topic to read more about the reality of the so-called "religious freedom" founding of the country. The truth is that the pilgrims (note that the puritans came later) were actually running from what would amount to lawful warrants in today's terminology and that they began immediately upon landfall in this country, stealing food and land from the natives, leading to a massive number of horrific deaths (particularly if you include the newcomers' brutal and murderous actions during King Philips War and other similar events). Check out the near-Pulitzer-winning _Mayflower_ by Nathaniel Philbrick if you're interested.

    August 30, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. nononsense

    Tony 140 wrote: My hats off to those that are of faith and that are not afraid to profess it.
    ************
    I have no dog in the fight, BTW; it just offends me that true Christians have been hijacked by these self-serving opportunists who are riding the original intent of the religion into the ground like Slim Pickens' rocket. It may not bother you, but can you just imagine how upset God is about now?

    August 30, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. MommaM

    So when she said it was a joke I thought of something my mother often said: "MANY A TRUE WORD IS SPOKEN IN JEST" – "Some truths, too painful or too likely to provoke, can be spoken only when the listener has been disarmed by laughter".

    She wasn't joking – she meant it.

    August 30, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. just checking

    Bachman should have to sit down and listen to the people who were affected by this disaster and the people who lost everything including some lovedones and maybe it wouldn't be so funny. To think America has come down to this, she should not be making decisions for anybody..........religious, please.........Take away her farm subsidies and the clinic subsidies her husband gets and see if she can make a joke out of that. such a hypocrite.

    August 30, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. aj

    Just like Ms. Bachman's candidacy...IT'S A JOKE!

    August 30, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. mark1

    The point is that Michelle Bachmann could also have made the same comment in all seriousness and people recognize that fact. That is why her handlers need to say that in this case it was a joke.

    August 30, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Dave

    Good one. You're about as funny as cancer, Michele.

    August 30, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Rick

    I can guarantee one thing, when someone says "I have a great sense of humor"...they definitely do NOT.

    August 30, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Nuts

    it is amazing how this person really wants our vote but uses god as a way to people that this was a good thing that happened. What an idiot!!!!!

    August 30, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Crys

    I guess Michelle never got the memo... Just because YOU think you're cute and funny doesn't mean that you actually are. Thinking that a natural disaster that killed people and caused billions in damage only shows a sadistic tendency and not a sense of humor.

    August 30, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. hockeyMinny

    First an earthquake, then a Hurricane and now Dick Cheney's book. The end is near!

    August 30, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. bill486

    Pat Paulson had a better sense of humor than Michelle Bachmann and he lost the election in 1968; she gonna lose, too.....

    August 30, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Doctor Strangelove

    I would very much appreciate seeing her on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

    What better place to showcase her "great sense of humour" to the nation.

    August 30, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Tony 140 wrote: If I recall, free speech and freedom from religious persecution played significant parts in the development of this great Nation.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Funny you should conveniently "recall" that in a piss-poor attempt to justify Michelle's inappropriate remarks. Was your recollection just as accurate in regards to building the Muslim Center near ground zero in NYC?

    August 30, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Byrd

    Dear Michele,

    You're the joke and I'm not laughing.

    G

    August 30, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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