Just a joke: Bachmann's hurricane message from God
August 29th, 2011
11:22 AM ET
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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
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  1. Pam

    the only joke is Bachmann herself!!

    August 29, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. NW

    I guess she wasn't counting on any votes from the people on the east coast. What a way to alienate a large portion of the population.

    August 29, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Unknown

    What was more scary was that she seemed glad that the hurricane and the earthquake happened....

    August 29, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. wow

    18 dead billions in damage, and jokes are made wow.

    August 29, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Mollybee

    CNN may think she was joking but this woman really believes it.

    August 29, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    What a horrible, thoughtless, mean thing to say. What's so incredibly pathetic is that Bachmann really does believe this, along with far too many people in this country.

    If God really did act in this way, Bachmann and her ilk, what with their hatred, stupidity and arrogance would have "disappeared" a long time ago.

    August 29, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. MedaBlkman

    SO...........for the people who DIED, all the millions without power..............this witch can only joke about. HOW clueless is this chick and truly is this someone who should "lead" America.........................NOT, she needs to go back to country place she cralled outta-of and eat DIRT. Bechmann is 1 sorry joke!

    August 29, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    "Google NEW YORKER magazine & Bachmann to find a detailed article about Michele`s development as an adult & politician."

    I did and read the article. Bachmann is a theocrat, through and through. Her ideas and policies would take us into the Dark Ages, similar to what happened in Spain under the Inquisition.

    August 29, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Quick question to Bachmann and all those who believe that the earth is about 6,000 years old and that dinosaurs walked with man.

    If this is true, then why are dinos not mentioned in the Bible?

    August 29, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. stta

    A joke? Sounds like a week attempt of a save but falls short. If it is not a joke than maybe God is upset with the Tea Party using him for political gain. Maybe it is God telling us to take global warning serious and give the EPA more power. If people would only think about the opposite twist to every political twist. I didn't think it was possible but Michelle is making Sarah look intelligent. Please GOP find a candidate that shows intelligence and I can vote for....

    August 29, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. billybob

    What a stupid woman. Loss of life much less the extensive property damage is no joke. So this idiot managed to attract 1000 people to her prayer meeting in Sarasota Fl. T1`he Tampa Bay area has an approximate populace of 5 million. She likens this hoo ha to a "Roar" from Americans. Based on those numbers, sounds more like a weak meow. She thinks"God" is calling. Obviously it's the wrong number!

    August 29, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Denise

    I'm so sick of political-evangelicals hiding behind or using their God-excuse when it's convenient – why not, requires no evidence or substantiation they just "KNOW" this is what the Almighty intended. Bull hocky. American "Christians" are so incredibly ignorant and woefully inadequate when it comes to intellect, humor, and reasoning skills. Get off the couch and put down your potato chip bag and go read a book.

    August 29, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Bgrngod

    Cracking jokes about people being killed by a natural disaster.

    Is she TRYING to get out of this race ASAP?

    August 29, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. bill486

    Kiss your presidential aspirations goodbye, Michelle; I figured it was just a matter of time before that fundamentalist mouth hooked up to that Tea Party brain would be your own downfall.

    Maybe God's trying to tell YOU something, Michelle........

    August 29, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. stta

    And I forgot, Michelle promising she can get gasoline down to $2 if elected was a joke also. Either she is a habitual liar or really believes what she says. Which is scarier? Some people want her to lead and want to follow her? I am bewildered.

    August 29, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. pn

    Given everything else she spews out, how is one to understand that this is a joke?

    August 29, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |

    Truly poor taste, but did anyone expect good taste from the wacko? I wonder how the GOP's balanced budget amendment deals with natural disasters and helping out Americans during these times of need. That's the reason the US Government can not have a balanced budget amendment. How would we deal with these types of items, or the GOP's wars of choice. Let me guess, by cutting social security and medicare. We have to be able to help Americans in need, that's one of our basic values as Americans, on value that the GOP has lost.

    August 29, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. PB

    Oh yeah, I forgot..she knows the mind and purpose of God. I guess we can add that to her "credentials list" for the Presidency. Who needs reality T.V. for kicks when you we got this lady on the campaign trail.

    August 29, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Ray in L.A.

    From where I sit in the far left-leaning city of Los Angeles, it appears that if God is trying to get anyone's attention, it's those who live in America's heartland. We've had a pretty good run out here the last few years when it comes to natural disasters. So it stands to reason that if God wants to show that he's angry with the way things ar giong by sending us divine signs dressed up as nature's wrath, the people he wants to get the message are residing in the Bible belt. Or perhaps the more reasonable explanation is that people like Bachmann are charlatains trying to portray random acts of nature as some kind of divine stamp of approval for their crazy ideas and over-the-top rhetoric.

    August 29, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Todd

    Every day she strikes like a the hour....Cookoo, Cookoo, Cookoo, Cookoo

    August 29, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. REG in AZ

    If God was truly active in punishing / rewarding then the world would have to be totally fair and equitable – and probably then with few people left. Whenever people try to claim knowledge of God's interference and purpose, it is a clear indication that they are taking too much credit for their knowledge / closeness to God, trying to gain some kind of personal prestige and really just aiming to manipulate public opinion. It really doesn't matter if politician (like Bachmann) or clergy (like Pat Robinson) or whoever, or even if after saying it they claim "it was just joking", it really is a disgusting effort to sway people.

    August 29, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. RINO Bil

    Maybe we should elect Bachmann's press secretary instead. That way there will be no confusion if she says, "launch the missiles," and moments later her press secretary pipes in, "What Madame President really meant to say was ...."

    August 29, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. GE

    Even if she was joking, she has to be smarter than this. She has to know that this doesn't play well to anybody in the country and enough religious zealots have made similar serious comments regarding tragic events to make such statements, joking or not, political suicide. I just can't support someone who blunders like this.

    August 29, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. skyjmpr

    I'd suggest to any politician that they leave jokes like this to the late night comedians. Yes, in the video (not a transcription), it is clear she was attempting to be ironic and said it in jest, but really, is this what we need to hear from people claiming leadership?

    August 29, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. AntiFringe

    Bachmann and all politicians have no concept of what it's like to be one of the many who are suffering because of Irene. And that's the way it should be. If you rely in any way on your government or "do gooders", then you are to blame for your own situation.

    If everyone would have their own bunker, food, guns and ammo, there would be no problems here. That's what this country is built on.... the independence and ruggedness of the individual, fear of God, and of course lower taxes for "job creators."

    August 29, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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