Bachmann points to 'great sense of humor' after God joke
August 30th, 2011
08:43 AM ET
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Bachmann points to 'great sense of humor' after God joke

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann defended her recent comments about natural disasters in Washington, D.C. serving as messages from God, saying she was joking.

"I have a great sense of humor and I think it's important to exhibit that humor sometimes when you are talking to people as well," Bachmann said Monday at a campaign event in Miami. "Of course I was being humorous when I said that."

Her reaction was similar to her campaign's response Monday.

The Minnesota Rep. received criticism following statements she made over the weekend that equated the recent earthquake and Hurricane Irene to 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."

At Monday's event, Bachmann said the remarks were intended to tell the president he is not listening to the American people.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (750 Responses)
  1. george

    How can anyone possbily doubt Bachmann's talent for comedy? Isn't the "Lightbulb Freedom of Choice Act" is her prime example of advancing serious policy?

    August 30, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Kay

    It doesn't matter. She has no chance of getting anywhere near the nomination. But at least she 's letting us know what a rampaging, insensitive idiot she is.

    August 30, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Wowsors

    Whenever I'm feeling sad about the state of politics in this country, I just direct my browser to CNN with the latest article about Bachmann or Palin. Then I read the comments. Instantly brightens my day to see 100 posts from people with actual intelligence followed by 1 single post by some guy about how Bachmann and Palin can "really get the liberals angry". Everything might be all right after all 😀

    August 30, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. km6xu

    I am now wondering if her comments about wanting to give more tax cuts to the rich, nuke education and the EPA, and about science being a sham were also attempts at humor. If so, maybe she isn't such an idiot after all, and is merely a poor comedienne.

    August 30, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. David

    She's done, a non-facter...

    August 30, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. nuser

    "I have a great sense of humour" Is that why you are the butt of the joke?

    August 30, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Nick-o

    She can even spin her apology into an attack on Obama. She's so slick........just like that oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that God caused in order ruin economies of the entire Gulf region and send a message about protecting our planet. Hardy Har Har! Ain't I a stinker?

    August 30, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Lsk1000

    I'll make it unanimous. It may have been intended as a joke, BUT it wasn't funny. Worse, it was inappropriate, insensitive, devoid of feeling for anyone greviously damaged by this storm. The real joke is on the American people. Oy vey!

    August 30, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Jueceman

    Talk about digging a hole, where does the GOP find these broads....

    August 30, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Paladin Knight

    I am wondering when she is going to realize the SHE is the joke, and not God and natural disasters!!!!!!

    August 30, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Nick-o

    That staffer behind her in that video doesn't look like he's laughing...and he's on her payroll.

    August 30, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Todd

    Her candidacy never made much sense anyway. There's just not much there. Buying a bunch of tickets to a dinner in Iowa to influence a relatively irrelevant straw poll is not real substance. Her lack of deep understanding of the complex issues is becoming more evident day by day. Her real standing and chance of recieving the nomination will be known all too soon, and then the money dries up. The money follows the winner. Supporting a truly electable candidate promisses influence to the doners. The only wild card I can see if the "Rogue One" runs as an independent as this would only serve to take away votes from a Republican Candidate. That would mean she blew it for Rebublicans twice! That is a real possibility. The current administration must be dreaming of that scenario.

    August 30, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Rachel

    She's not funny. You should never make fun of anyone's misfortune. I'm tired of God being interjected into politics, too. Perry is running because God told him to. That's the scariest thing I've ever heard.

    August 30, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. HumoristRep

    Good straight-forward explanation of an appropriate quip. If you don't get it it does not necessarily mean you are an idiot. I'm sure you still have a sense of humor, too. carry on.

    August 30, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Steve

    Dangerously funny...

    August 30, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    This isn't funny, and it wasn't a joke. Always fall back on the joke schtick when you get caught in a whopper, hey Michele? What in the hell is wrong with us that we think this idiot is presidential material? Who is worse, her or us?

    August 30, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. Geo

    Sometimes it's the offhand remark that reveals someone's character more than long policy speeches or prepared appearances. What is interesting in such a flippant remark is how shallow her connection with God is to equate such a diaster with Washington policies, let alone her insensitivity to people who lost their businesses, homes or lives.

    August 30, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    She and all of her Conservative "Christian" supporters know that Jesus would make jokes during a disaster.

    August 30, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Carl

    If someone professes serious belief in some zombie religion with magic crackers, talking snakes, and invisible wizards, how the hell are we supposed to know when she is joking?

    Religious people should have a standard signal to let us know when they are joking. "On Sunday I said that an invisible man caused a flood because he was angry, and I really meant it. On Monday I said the same thing, but I was touching my nose so it's a joke!"

    August 30, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "The american people have done everything they possibly can" she certainly has a sense of humor alright, i've never heard anything so hilarious.

    August 30, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. Grace

    Like several of her peers, she's warming up for a book tour like the rest of those who are attempting to re-create history in their own image.

    August 30, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. ib42

    It baffles me that idiots like this can actually roam the earth thinking they matter.

    August 31, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  23. pat

    First the republicans nominate a redneck from Alaska as their presidential running partner and this time they choose a very religious ignorant nut... The republicans are really missing in action when it comes to brains...

    August 31, 2011 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  24. Greg

    Michele Bachmann's husband should command her to apologize for the joke.

    August 31, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  25. scott

    Don't you get it? She is so funny! And the thought of her as president? I am rolling on the floor laughing!

    August 31, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
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