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. Ex-GOP Con

    I think EVERYONE knows it was a joke. But a very very very BAAAAAAADDDD insensitive joke.

    Well...I take that back. The bible thumpers may actually believe you Bachmann.

    August 29, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Auzzie

    What is to "joke" about following a hurricane?

    This was a very insensitive and inappropriate comment to make from anyone let alone a candidate for US President.

    August 29, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. hypatia

    Is this the kind of leadership, Ms. Fascista is offering to the US? Here's a major disaster and what is her response. Sick jokes at the expense of those who are still suffering.

    August 29, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Roger

    She should join the Fred Phelps of Topeka KS comedy team..

    August 29, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    Bachmann is literally an idiot who is totally focused on her ambitions and willing to say / do anything to get what she wants. To some she may be entertaining, to others promising and to many, just disgusting but to all she should be alarming.

    August 29, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. ART

    This bobble head couldn't even make it as a comedian and she wants to be President LMFAO

    August 29, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Sean

    Yes how insensitive, I can't believe she's joking about a bad rain storm that was over-hyped to be a near apocalypse.

    August 29, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Tillie in Texas

    What a disgusting thing: to attempt humour while people have died, lost their homes, and states have $10 billion in damages? What a piece of work she is. I don't remember anyone joking when the I-35W bridge collapsed in Michigan in 2007. 13 people died and 145 were injured. There is nothing funny about tragedies, Michele and you should keep your stupid, self serving, vile thoughts to yourself.

    August 29, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Mike

    Just a joke? I don't think the people who have beend isplaced, lost homes or life are laughing. Did she make jokes about Katrina? She is a religious fanatic who chose the opportunity to rty and politicize a natural disaster. Did Michelle crack jokes when tonados affect people in her home state? The more she speaks the bigger the hole is that she digs for herself. Stick a fork in her. She's done.

    August 29, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. vic

    Maybe God told her to say that. I bet her state is very proud of her. She doesn't believe in Science and can't answer a straight question. Anyway, she is done ...Perry..a real genius..has stolen her glory. So, if she and half governor Palin would just drop out of the news..we are sick of you both..

    August 29, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Judas

    This is classic Bachmann and I doubt if very many people are buying the BS explanation of it being a joke. Very lame excuse Ms. Stewart, but, I guess you don’t really have much to work with when you’re stuck with broom and shovel duty for the looney tunes version of Agnes of God, do you? Whatever you’re being paid, it isn’t nearly enough.

    August 29, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Jamie from Riverside

    This was no joke. This crazy woman and her ilk – Pat Robertson for instance – believe that natural disasters are God's punishment on the nation every time the evangelicals are upset about something. This raving lunatic belongs no-where near the White House. Send her to co-host Pat Robertson's crazy hour.

    August 29, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. vel

    it's hilarious to see Bachmann's people, now trying to clean up after their delusional boss. Now, it's a "joke" that she's believes that her imaginary friend in the sky is punishing people by a storm. Funny how all of the other times she's claimed that this god does thing, it's been the "truth".

    August 29, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Dave Harris

    At best, this is a bad joke since there are a lot of Republicans out there praying to their God to come and murder the rest of us. More likely, this is what she really believes, and knows that her followers do, too.

    August 29, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Kelcy

    It wasn`t a joke. She really believes it. The same not so bright woman that believes god is telling her to run for president. Well, she should really be prepared to address the fact that Perry says god is telling him to run for president...actually he said to be president. Guess they have two competing gods going on that one.

    As for the other stuff. Well, earthquakes happen. They have happened on the east coast. Just because people don't pay attention to the regions they live in to know the risks (for home insurance purposes if nothing else) does not mean they do not happen. Hurricaines? Not like those haven`t happened there before either. They were long overdue for one driving up the coast. They were lucky this time that it did not stay just a wee bit off shore to continue gathering power from the oceans heat as it did in 1938. Maybe next time.

    August 29, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. frank in valparaiso

    When is the media going to wake up and give the slate of GOP idiots the derision they deserve? They should be laughed out of every public gathering.

    August 29, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Max128

    Is $2 gas a joke too? Coz I laughed at that one.

    August 29, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Paul Wheeler

    Personally, I think the Newsweek cover was too kind to her. She's a nutcase.

    August 29, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Dee

    Good Lord, what has happened to the Republican party? Please would all the intelligent Republican's come out of hiding and take back your party!!!

    August 29, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Billy

    I noticed that everything in the comments was slanted against the GOP and Bachmann. Now I know why!

    August 29, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Mark

    Just remember Michelle, when you stand before God He won't be laughing, and neither will you.

    August 29, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. AmericanSam

    Not funny, but everybody says stupid stuff sometimes. For Michelle Bachmann, however...

    August 29, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. waikikijohn

    Sure, just a joke. Her and Glenn Beck should join hands as he thought the hurricane was a good thing also. These Republicans tea party peeps are becoming such a joke. All we can do is pray that the American people will wake up and see them for what they are, before we elect anymore.

    August 29, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Derek Wain

    Bachmann's language was obviously a political metaphor, which all her listeners and readers understood. But Team Obama media jackals think they can pervert the obvious meaning of her language that the Federal Gvt. is grossly overspending money it doesn't have. From Abraham Lincoln through FDR, top political leaders have used God language in political metaphor.

    August 29, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Bob

    The people on the east coast that are without power, or can't move from their homes because of flooding, or who lost loved ones in the storm probably don't find it very funny.

    August 29, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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