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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soundoff (750 Responses)
  1. Alan, you are an idiot

    In answer to Alan's question "what else would they be [besides acts of God]:

    That's simple. They are called weather patterns. They are dictated by ocean temperatures, wind patterns, and other various readily available explanations that do not include a magic man in the sky.

    August 30, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. patNY

    What's sad is that not only does she believe what she said, but so do the idiots who listen to her.

    August 30, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    Or the joke about rich people paying more taxes (after extending bush tax cuts)
    ---

    Oh you mean the tax cuts that he was forced to extend in order to get the GOP to extend unemployment benefits? Or did Fox News forget to mention that to you in their talking points? Maybe next time, you should read a paper or leave the conversation to the adults in the room.

    August 30, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Canadian Jim

    Bachmann thinks it's a joke. Glenn Beck calls it a blessing. You tea-baggers got some rela winners out there in front of y'all. I imagine Rick Perry's position is something akin to seeing it as God's version of capital punishment. And yes, God executes the innocent...just like the state of Texas.

    August 30, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Scott

    And yet liberals political hijacking of Katrina is as clean and pure as the wind driven snow. LOL hypocrites.

    August 30, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. MillieBea

    She uses God for her own ends- a lot of Christians would call that evil.

    August 30, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Dave

    Does anyone actually intend to vote for this woman in the GE? I mean, come on! Let's see: no more medicare/medicaid because god will take care of you. Can you imagine her foreign relations? She'd have someone bombing us within a week.

    August 30, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Ray

    Rep. Bachmann please dust off your Bible and read the parable about the good Samaritan...trust me you are not the Samaritan in the story.

    August 30, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. not laughing

    Political jokes are pretty funny too.... until they get elected.

    August 30, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Chris

    So a storm that kills dozens of people in the East Coast is joke material to this woman? Smh.

    August 30, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. jonny

    We are up to 38 Dead from Hurricane Irene.

    There is NOTHING Presidential Joking about disasters.

    Nothing

    August 30, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Lamental Jester

    She thinks she has a "great sense of humor". Someone is kidding themself.

    August 30, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Damage Control

    Hey everyone! It's time for some ME!

    PS Michele Bachmann's going to hell. God told me, personally, in an e-mail.

    August 30, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. hypatia

    Delusional harpy!

    August 30, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. who let her in?

    So, she took the name of the Lord in vain, called out God, AND made fun of fat people. Sounds like a wiener, oops...winner, to me.

    August 30, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Steve

    Joking or not – they are a wake up call from God and it is no joke!

    August 30, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. popeye1128

    These zealots love playing the God card then when it gets them into trouble they poo poo it and say it was all a big misunderstanding.
    Something tells me the families of the dead and those who lost everything are not laughing Michele.

    August 30, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. EBlackadder

    Time to up your meds Michelle. The voices clearly haven't gone yet (and no, they aren't from your god).

    Those who speak to a god are religious, those whose god speaks to them have schizophrenia.

    One of the prevalent symptoms: "•Strongly held beliefs that are not based in reality (delusions)".

    Check!

    This woman is as mad as a mongoose.

    August 30, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Mr. Tea Bag

    Why don't these Conservative Pigs ever have the moral decency to apologize when they make mistakes??

    Are they stupid - or just arrogant pigs?????

    August 30, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Harry Baxter

    The Woman is a moron. If you quit covering her and Palin, maybe they'll go away.

    August 30, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Mr. Tea Bag

    Why don't these Conservatives ever have the moral decency to apologize when they make mistakes??

    August 30, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. pjwylie

    God WAS sending a message: that Global Change is real and people should change their ways before it's too late. THAT however, is a message that conservatives are failing to heed.

    August 30, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Shirlee

    Minnesotans will vote for Bachman for Pres. -they love her humor?!?! Quit now Michelle before you make a bigger fool of yourself.

    August 30, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. McCain-in-4

    Humor is funny because it exposes "A Great Truth", and is, in fact, funnier when some people don't get it. So let's face it: Bachmann & her audience was laughing at Americans who suffered through all three events. Come snowstorm time, blizzard, spring rains or summer tornadoes, its a safe bet that Bachmann will exhibit a little more sensitivity. Ross Perot had a damn funny sense of humor too – we all know how far that got him.

    Overall, I'm not looking for a Prankster-in-Chief.

    August 30, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Raz

    I can't wait for her "hilarious" 9/11 jokes in two weeks.

    August 30, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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