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.

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  1. don

    Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain. Michelle. Please stop using God as a political too.

    August 30, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. Bubba

    So, what she meant was "Great job, Mr President! We're all united behind you!" She'll never be called the Great Communicator, is my guess.

    August 30, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Tired of the nonsense

    She has no sense of humor.

    August 30, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Jack from Illinois

    It is almost inevitiable, the first classic Con excuse: a Con, Bachmann this time, gets caught being an insensitive, flippant jerk, and their answer is NOT "Oh, sorry, that was vulgar and tasteless, I'm sorry I said that".

    No, her reply is "It was all a joke, it was a joke all along, didn't you get the joke, why are you so humorless?" – i.e., her mistake is somehow somebody else's fault, the second classic Con excuse-making.

    Well guesss what, michele – with 40-plus people dead, billions in damage, homes and entire communities washed away – IT WS NEVER A JOKE IN THE FIRST PLACE. There's nothing funny about a natural disaster, and there's nothing amusing about a Republican pretending that there is.

    August 30, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. Greyman

    So joking about a disaster that wrecked millions of homes is funny?

    August 30, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. AEK

    Well, I think she has a VERY questionable sense of humor and the things she says are not funny. That being said, she certainly has the right to say them and think she and her comments are hilarious. Personally, I think there are some very funny things about her, nuff said!

    August 30, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Is it possible for people to think before they speak?

    August 30, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Anonymous

    You just dont joke about natural disasters. There is never anything remotely funny about this level of destruction and any loss of life. Sorry Michele, you just dont get it.

    August 30, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. BR

    Making fun of a natural disaster for political points is not presidential... period.

    August 30, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. Tired of the nonsense

    Oh, and one other thing, Michelle. Where were you when Bush and his cronies didn't listen to the American people? Huh? Or did you back one of the worst criminals to sit in the Oval Office by green-lighting everything Bush said? Should you be arrested and tried for treason like Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rice, Ashcroft and the rest of his bunch because you were a collaborator?

    After all, Bush didn't listen to the American people.

    August 30, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    $2.00 gas and now this......... she is funny....she's cracking me up.

    August 30, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. pn

    Ha ha ha. Is the creationism stuff a joke too?

    August 30, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  13. Senses

    hey Bachman ! you call that a joke ? Guess I missed the point (if there was one) because I simply don't find it funny .. no humour .. no laughter ..nada ! Sounds more like a cop out to another non sense blah blah blah.. what a nutcase !

    August 30, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. Dr.K.

    Sounds more like she forgot to keep the fundamentalist rhetoric in check. Sounds like she accidentally said what she believes...

    August 30, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  15. JD in Moraga, CA

    If you have a great sense of humor, you normally don't have to make it a point to tell people about it.

    August 30, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. Jan

    "Goofy,not funny,childish,ignorant fool! She thinks God is a "Teabag Nutcase" Talk about using the "Lords name in Vain?? I don,t think the Almighty declared himself as "Right Wing Extremist??? Hmmmmm? Crazy??

    August 30, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. sortakinda

    Gee, a great sense of humor to go along with her deep thinking, sounds wonderful, except that anyone who has to tell you that obviously doesn't show either. Sounds a bit like Michele Bachmann, doesn't it?

    August 30, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. dicknixon

    Believe me, I'm not a fan of Bachman but there making a moutain out of a molehill here. Move on

    August 30, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Michelle, with all respect, there is a time and place for everything: would you have said the same joke after 9/11, or the tornados that ravaged Alabama this year? After all the complaints about Joe Biden's terminal foot-in-mouth, her string of badly timed, error-ridden "jokes" should give any conservative or American pause. Don't be so desperate for a candidate that you will settle for someone who does not display any presidential qualities at all.

    August 30, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Julie

    Queen of the Wackadoos strikes again. She says she has a great sense of humor – really. Sounds like she doesn't know what is appropriate to make jokes about.

    August 30, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. sortakinda

    In the photo for this article, Bachmann appears to be gagging on her own mindlessness.

    August 30, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  22. Kay

    No matter how you slice it, it was a stupid, disgusting comment.

    But does anyone for a second REALLY think she was joking?

    August 30, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  23. somebody somewhere

    Might possibly have been amusing had she not been serious!! She needs to join the brain trust of Palin and O'Donnell. Then is they find just a feeewwwww more, they might actually be able to come up with a single brain between them.

    August 30, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  24. Ari159

    Haha. Look at the picture of her for this article. Crazy broad. That's the only sense of humor I'm sensing out of her.

    August 30, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. Dave Harris

    One thing fundamentalist Christians like Bachman are not known for is a great sense of humor, especially when it comes to their God. This might be funny if Republicans didn't actually believe in a God who punishes their enemies by causing natural disasters, or if she were not posturing to be their leader. If this were a joke, her followers might think that she was making fun of them, and of course she wasn't.

    August 30, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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