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. Jesus Bachmann is crazy.

    What more hints to people need to understand that these people are crazy? every single day one of the teapublicans say something even crazier then the day before. Some people are actually ok with this. We would be in serious serious trouble if any of them get any where near the white house. Make sure you vote Obama 2012.

    August 29, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. ClydeTheSlyde

    Way to go Michelle! Time to start punching up the 9/11 jokes for the tenth anniversary! 🙂

    August 29, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Jon

    I think the joke is more the idea that Michelle Bachman could ever become President

    August 29, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. tom

    Of course it was a joke and didn't you see how she was laughing throughout? It also shows how much she cares about the American people. Over 25 people were killed by this Hurricane. If she becomes President I expect she will be making God jokes after some American servicemen are killed in action. Very funny potential there, too.

    August 29, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. CherokeeAngel

    I don't think that the families of the victims that died during hurricane Irene are laughing right now!

    August 29, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. FedUp

    Yes, it was a joke. The earthquake was actually caused by former Presidents rolling over in their graves!

    August 29, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. rwg

    As someone on another block pointed out, Bachmann and her campaign are trying to have the best of both worlds... pander to her base (right-wing religious fanatics) and then try and defuse the matter with a claim that it's all a joke. nudge, nudge, wink, wink...

    August 29, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Frankie Olmeda

    I think she is not far from the thruth when made that comment, just look around not only the U.S. but the world where disasters have been happening and in most parts where it should not happen. I had an experience in 2009 in the floodings in North Dakota when this old lady came up to me and said: God is talking and no one is listening, that gave me goose bumps and I just turn around to get something and turn back to keep talking to her and for my surprise she was gone, I mean vanish no where to be seen. And she was maybe in her 80's and walked slowly, but she was gone. For me no doubt that was God's angel sending a message.

    August 29, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. RepublicanVoter

    How incredibly unpatriotic!!!!!

    August 29, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. RepublicanVoter

    Wow, notice that the American Morning hosts think this is actually funny – and appropriate!!!!

    I don't care if her audience is funny. Even a lunatic like Hitler caught lots of laughs. All about delivery, you are right about that "American Morning".. BUT That does not make it appropriate.

    August 29, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    And, here is God's joke. "Michelle Bachmann's running for president - isn't that about the funniest thing you've ever heard! I mean, I'm laughing my giant ass off over this one! And, of course, the really funny thing is, Michelle thinks I'm on her side! What a serious joke! Sorry, I'd give you more jokes about the candidates on the GOP side who think I'm in their corner - Perry, Palin, Romney, Cain, but I have an entire Universe to run! Later, Earth!"

    August 29, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Texan

    According to Bachman and Perry, too, they ( Republicans) are the only party God speaks to.------- Are they sure it`s God ?????

    August 29, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Voice of Reason

    Just a joke... Ahahahahaaa! You're SO funny. 22 deaths, Billions in damage, tens of thousands displaced. Yeah – we all LOVE a good joke.

    So either she is SO out of touch that she actually thought it would be funny to say that her God was punishing the libs in DC, or she really meant it. You choose. This dog-whistle 'joke' just shows what a narrow-minded partisan zealot she really is. She can say it, and all her zombie zealot followers get the message, then retract it with some watered-down spin, like, "I was ONLY joking! Why are the lefty media always picking on me?". Meanwhile the dog-whistle/coded/subliminal message got out: Vote for Bachmann if you also think that God hates the people in NC, VA and NY.

    August 29, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Real Patriot

    Correction....SHE'S the joke.....

    August 29, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Bob

    The only joke here is Bachman herself. But it's hard to laugh when you realize some Republicans actually think this loony demagogue is fit to be president.

    August 29, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    I think the spokesperson was simply doing damage control. Bachmann really believes stuff like that. The sad part is that people in the audience laughed.

    Breaking News: Michelle Bachmann has reportedly stated the following. "The Earth is round. Ha. Ha. I'm just joking. We all know that its' really flat."

    August 29, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Gordon Hilgers

    Michele Bachman is running for president "in jest". CNN is covering Bachmann's butt "in jest". CNN is trying to capture some of Fixed News' ratings "in jest".

    I am pointing these out "in jest".

    August 29, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. BB

    Just when I think that Michele Bachmann has reached the bottom level of stupidity, she digs herself into another basement level.

    August 29, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. MedaBlkman

    CLEARLY..........................this is what the GOPers have to offer America....................1 JOKE after another. SAD!

    August 29, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    And of course God chose the east coast, aprticularly the heathen northeast, because it's so liberal and full of liberal educated "elites." She's right on the same page as Pat Robertson with this one. Consider it a Freudian slip. Fact is, she truly believes batsh-t crazy nonsense like this and would ac t just how you think she would based on comments like these if she was elected POTUS and the GOP in Conrgess was able to start serving her their Krischun Nashun agenda on a platter. If you think there's some fundamental, definitional or paradigmatic difference between a rabid muslim jihadist with a suicide bomb strapped to his chest and a rabid "Krischun Nashun" holier-than-thou-and-willing-to-ignore-the-Constitutiona-to-enact-it zealot with access to the codes in the "Football" then you need to think again....and think harder next time.

    August 29, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Lynda

    Women like Michele and Sarah are the reason I can't take the Republican party seriously any more. They've become the joke to me, and I grew up Republican. And why would we elect someone who makes tasteless, indifferent jokes about human life? What if, as our president, she were to say this about the Japan tsunami disaster? The world hates us enough as it is. We don't need another W. in office. We need a president who keeps their "jokes" to himself when it comes to human life and natural disasters. Inappropriate, Michele, as always. You have no business leading any country.

    August 29, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. M. Scott

    "Obviously she was saying it in jest," the Republican said. Obviously Republicans' jests are in poor taste, appeal to the lowest common denominator of scum, and are truly indicative of the hypocrisy of so-called Christians.

    August 29, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. M. Scott

    @dee, you wrote, "Please would all the intelligent Republican's come out of hiding and take back your party!!!"

    What – both of them?

    August 29, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Florida Joe

    The real joke is all these fools the Repubs are running for President

    August 29, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Larry L

    Do not believe her when she says she's joking. Like Rick Perry, she is in favor of a Christian theocracy, believes the Earth is less than 6 thousand years old, believes global climate change to be a liberal plot, and thinks you can "pray away the gay". How could anybody give these irrational, Bible-thumping freaks the code to the nuclear arsenal? We've got 325 million people in America and this is the best the Republicans can come up with?

    August 29, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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