Just a joke: Bachmann's hurricane message from God
August 29th, 2011
11:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Just a joke: Bachmann's hurricane message from God

(CNN) - Michele Bachmann's press secretary characterized comments by the Republican presidential candidate, when she said Hurricane Irene was a message to Washington, as a joke.

"Obviously she was saying it in jest," Alice Stewart told TalkingPointsMemo Monday.

Over the weekend, the Minnesota Rep. turned Hurricane Irene into a campaign punch line, suggesting the recent natural disasters were 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."

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. B Brown

    The experiences of the people with an earthquake and then a hurricane are no joke! She shows her insensitivity and lack of compassion VERY CLEARLY with this "joke" in VERY POOR TASTE!

    August 29, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Palin Power

    This storm is truly an act of God Herself and is sending a message to liberal New England that Her Chosen One Sarah Palin is gearing up for her ascension to the throne of the White House. Palin will PWN the GOP competition and PWN Obozo in the General Election in the biggest landslide in history. Palin will also PWN whoever the DEMs put up in 2016. We will have 8 great years of President Palin and a disaster free Palination.

    August 29, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. ST

    Suppose Michele we tell you: "your migraine is a joke". How will you feel hearing this?

    August 29, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Knows Better

    Uh-huh. Crazy Bachmann says way worse things than that on a regular basis and she is not joking. I doubt she was joking this time either, but someone told her she better backtrack on that one, so now it's a "joke." Speaking of God, we better all pray that President Obama wins re-election in 2012 as the GOP field is a bunch of extremists - religious and otherwise - who will bring us into a Depression (which we are barely avoiding right now) and destroy the middle class for good.

    August 29, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Bill

    The only thing that is a joke is this campaign.

    August 29, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Ari159

    This woman is still relevant? 😛

    August 29, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. AEK

    "I was only joking!"
    "My comments were taken out of context."
    "The reporter misunderstood what I was really saying."
    "That was a gotcha question from the lamestream media."
    "Yes, that is what I said but that's not what I meant."

    And there are people in the Republican base who believe each and every one of these!

    August 29, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    what a moron. Keep it up Michelle. The GOP nomination awaits, then slaughter in November 2012

    August 29, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. rapierpoint

    To the people that complain about the joke...lighten up. We all know that there was widespread damage etc, but jokes like these are something that's been around with us for ages. Some of you complaining probably thought the joke going around Thursday about "Bush's Fault" with regard to the earthquake was hilarious. There are comedians out there that are doing the same material. Some people need to just get a sense of humor, lighten up, and also realize that not everyone reacts to things the same way.

    August 29, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. ClarasBeau

    I suspect that Bachmann really believes what she said here, and that the staffer saying that it was a joke was just a feeble attempt at "damage control".

    August 29, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. bcm

    Jokes are supposed to be funny. There's nothing funny about loss of lives and homes. Why do people support this idiot?

    August 29, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Bill from GA

    And (on a more serious note) if these disasters were a message from God, it's more likely God is displeased with the greedy, lying repugs.
    Remember, repugs are the ones who control Government now. We are not moving forward the progressive/liberal agenda; we are in austerity mode these days. Repugs have halted any good thing the President has tried to accomplish lately.

    August 29, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. NC Mom

    So she said it, and now is backtracking by having her spokesperson say that it is a joke. What a classless imbecile.

    August 29, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. michaelam

    This is not a joke. Mrs. Marcus (Michele) Bachmann made these comments because she believes that God is sending us a “message.” In her Dominionist world, Hurricane Irene is punishment for the gays, the non-believers, the non-Christians, or anything else that she and her cult members deem “inappropriate” or in defiance of God. Prophet Perry shares the same twisted views.

    Wake up people--these Dominionists are not a joke; they are very real and will destroy this country.

    August 29, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. logic in LA

    I was no joke- it was God telling her to shut up and go home!

    August 29, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    An 11 year old child was killed in this storm as well as others and this is nothing for Bachmann or anyone else to joke about, think about Rep. Giffords and the 9 year old girl as well as others. Kids make jokes without any thought and adults have the responsibility to correct them.

    August 29, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. The Elephant in The Room

    She is NOT KIDDING1 Don`t let her off the hook that easily. This woman believes in a US Government Theocracy as does Rick Perry. Google NEW YORKER magazine & Bachmann to find a detailed article about Michele`s development as an adult & politician. You will see how deeply ingrained this stuff is in her core.

    Herman Cain wants a pass for "joking" so too does Bachmann. Sorry, no get-out-of jail-free cards folks.

    Joking? Ask Michele Bachmann how old she thinks the earth is. Ask her if dinosaurs and humans walked the earth at the same time. She`ll either lie and piss off her fundamentalist followers, or answer honestly and reveal her true self.

    August 29, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Dave

    This is just damage control by Bachmann's campaign. Her remarks came off as very dumb and short-sighted and she is just trying to fix the situation. Of course, Bachmann herself is very dumb and short-sighted, so this is really no surprise.

    August 29, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. AT

    Really...... Talk about using GOD's name in vein and for your own political sound bits.

    August 29, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. stevetall

    A joke FROM a joke. Imagine that! If Michelle Bachmann is really who God speaks through, I'll be considering atheism!

    August 29, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. ptown

    She wasnt joking! She was dead serious. shes a loon!!!!

    August 29, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. RobertFTL

    Just imagine the response from the right if President Obama made a joking comment about the earthquake and hurricane. They would try to impeach him!

    August 29, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Jeff in Oregon

    Bachmann, Perry, Palin, Romeny, Gingrich ....... Is this the best the Republican Party can do? What a bunch of idiots, party leaders and supporters.

    August 29, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. deandake

    I've seen the video and it didn't make her so called attempt at humor any funnier. Fact is, a lot of people are suffering and this scum is making jokes about it. She just gets worse as time marches on.

    August 29, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. The Lone Okie

    Why do people blame God for the bad, but give the devil credit for the good? Can she see anything good or just doom and gloom? The tea party is good at spreading fear and hate.

    August 29, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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