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
soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Gregg

    LOL, what the real joke is all you whiney people crying about her comments. Give me a break, what a bunch of hypocrites, I certainly didnt see all of you crying like this when the president referred to his bowling as not being able to make the special olympics or all of the idiocy that is our VP..................man what a bunch of thin skinned babies. And no, I am not a Bachman supporter. Sheesh.

    August 29, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Casual Observer

    Bachmann cannot be taken seriously on anything – she is an intellectual wasteland. Why the GOP continues to give her any credence is a mystery .................. every time she opens her mouth she steps in "it" and what is most worrisome is that there are some folks out there buying into her special brand of lunacy
    she is a joke – just Google what happened to her in Waterloo recently
    Michelle, please just go away and as soon as possible

    August 29, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Chris~Albany, NY

    It was a joke. Except to the people that actually beileve that nonsense. Woman's a raving lunatic!

    August 29, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. anthony1768

    Imagine the uproar if President Obama would have said this! We would never hear the end of it. Yet these people think she is qualified (dignified enough) to hold that office... Me thinks NOT.

    August 29, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Big Al

    Listen up you narrow minded Americans. Only Michelle Bachman can deliver and save us from evil. We must elect her POTUS. If we dont, we all will parish. I want everyone to send her a check for $250.

    Remember, only Michelle Bachman can save America.

    August 29, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Peace

    When I watch the TV and see the flooding, trees fallen down, cars floating on water, roads in pieces, I wonder how anyone can dare think joking on this!

    August 29, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Ray

    If it was a joke, normally after your speech you would indicate that you were joking and tell the folks to be careful and good luck. She didn't do that, She. the joke,

    August 29, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. marty

    Her comment was far less of a joke than she is. How stupid is she? Does she need to invoke religion into everything? With all due respect, of which I have none for her, we would be much better off if she went to her church of choice, and prayed for the deliverance of a BRAIN

    August 29, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Aww.. Come on know... She's just trying to be funny... Like the previous Republican President.... Don't you remember how funny it was when he was looking for WMD under his couch? I mean come on... Just because he sent other people's kids to die in war based on a lie was really no reason not to have a good time... That was some great joke, no?

    August 29, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Jambo86

    She wasn't kidding. Anyone with any sense knows that god has his attention on the weather in the US. If he sees things he doesn't like he just sends a hurricane as his message. He is always doing stuff like this. I mean he also takes sides in football games and wars. You just have to find out what side god is on and then join that side. Otherwise, you better hide. It is great to have Bachmann pointing out what god wants. I mean he has the entire universe to attend to and yet he has the time to send devastation to Virginia and North Carolina. I guess he is telling us he doesn't like the politics in those states. Hey, neither do I, especially Virginia. I am on god's side in Virginia. But I would be a bit more gentle in my messaging.

    August 29, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Recovering Republican

    What's next... jokes about the poor, the handicapped, the sick. All of these situations are sanctioned by God as well. Where does the GOP find these bottom feeders? Please know that real Christians DO NOT act like this. Only Tea Party and Texas Govs do.

    August 29, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Rex Raptor

    She's just a terrible person. When did the Republicans become so sinister?

    August 29, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Gregg

    Why cant the republicans be as smart as the liberals are? Like the detroit free press saying the hurricane was sent by MLK because of racism, or Think progress claiming the droughts and tornados that killed 250 people in the midwest were mother natures punishment for man-made climate change deniers.............sheesh

    August 29, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. B Anderson

    Bachmann needs to take a seat and the R-party needs to find candidates that can actually be elected vs those that just make noise.

    August 29, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. TALKing point

    I agree with her. GOD's way are the best for people to listen.

    August 29, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. cf

    I don't believe for a second this back-peddling excuse that it was "a joke." Republicans like her use God as an excuse to divide, scar and scold people all the time.

    August 29, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. zip

    If you shave her head, you will see the number 666. She bears the mark of the beast. And the scales fell from their eyes.

    August 29, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Jack Russell

    Joke? I think not. It's her handlers trying to prevent this woman from making an even bigger fool of herself. They're too late! I know they're on pins and needles every time this dimwit opens her mouth.

    August 29, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. madscience

    Dear Congresswoman Bachmann,

    You are disgusting, uneducated and a disgrace to your office; much less the presidency of this country.

    August 29, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Joe

    And to think, Michele Bachmann actually wants to be President....of the United States. The joke is on her!

    August 29, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. dowdotica

    she needs to go away and shut her pie hole!!!!!

    August 29, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    She's always been a "Jester" - why is she in the political ticker? Needs to be in comedy.

    August 29, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Chas in Iowa

    I guess the comment that she was only kidding could be used very effectively.
    ATTENTION; Everything Michele Bachman has said was meant as a joke!
    What cloud is she on today. I guess it depends on which medication she's on today.

    August 29, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. scooter

    Is that the same as saying God must be forever angry with the bible belt since He keeps slamming if with tornado after tornado, year after decade after century? Perhaps if she is constipated it must be a "message" from god to eat more roughage.

    August 29, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Dee

    If her comment was just a joke, then she is guilty of blasphemy....she should know this if she is the "Christian" she claims to be.

    August 29, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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