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. Lawrence

    Weather is not an act of God it is a random pattern of competing weather systems. God does not cause evil things to happen because that would make God evil which would refute the evidence of the existence of the devil for God would be the Good and the evil so God is the devil too. God allows freewill in man. People have the freewill to do evil or live anywhere they want to. Playing devil advocate, who is to say that the Earthquake and Hurricane were directed at the White House but directed at the Tea Party and the GOP? It all depends on the view point of the individual making the claim. So, let's worry about every thunder clap it might be God calling.

    August 30, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. rs

    Bachmann is about as funny as a fundamentalist preacher at a political rally. In over her head, ignorant of the reality, and with all the incorrect ideas.

    If she is the face of the GOP/TP, the party has no future. No one will vote for a narrow-minded, Bible-thumper for the most powerful job in the world.

    August 30, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Marjee123

    I truly believe from the bottom of my heart that God does not IN ANY WAY influence any thing in any way that a tea bag or republican does. Where else in this country do you see them cut benefits to the poor, the unemployed, block job bills, refuse to help those in disasters, and deny them health care. If there really was a God talking to people he would say get those POS's out of my sight and tell the universe I do not talk to any of them.

    And the people who believe that the tea bags and republicans are getting messages from God need to be medicated and helped.

    August 30, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. EarlGrayHot

    A great sense of stupidity. She's a moron and totally unfit to be president.

    August 30, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Behonest

    When others say anything that's considered a joke, that's bad; but when SHE said it, it OK. That make so much sense to me now.

    August 30, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. RIALgal

    Could it be that God was talking to the alleged "Christians" who are trying to impose their version of Christianity on the country? He might very well have been telling them that He's had enough of their inability to follow His word and live as He taught them to live.

    August 30, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. JimL

    I seriously doubt she was joking, considering what I have learned of her. She was called on it and then her campaign thought to make light of it.

    August 30, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Joe The Plumber

    Another case of damage control causing more damage! This was said not as a joke. She is now saying it was a joke coz otherwise we would be lleft with her trying to pass herself off as a prophet.

    August 30, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Loopman

    Throw her, Palin and O'Donnell in a paper bag and shake it up and tell me if you can actually see any difference between them when they roll out. I didn't think so!!! Nuff said?

    August 30, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bachmann probably belongs to the religious group that follows the funerals of dead soldiers who say they were killed because they sinned against God. It's past time to question this woman about who she really is and not who she says she is.

    August 30, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Happ

    The plight of the people is a joke to republicans. They don't care about anyone but themselves and their rich friends. The real joke is the millions of middle class republicans that think they have their best interests at heart.

    August 30, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Bert in UT

    Hey Michelle, it was God trying to wash the tea party out of DC! Get it?

    August 30, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. A Repulbican

    All I can say, I'll pray for those who support her, they know not what they do>

    August 30, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Marjee123

    To tired of this nonsense. I know where she was when Bush was doing all his job killing, person killing and everything killing. She was trying to snuggle up to him by feeling his legs and trying to plant a kiss on him. It was all over the news for a while but it didn't stop the dummies down near Minneapolis for voting for her. Unlike the rest of MN they like stupid.

    August 30, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    This uneducated fool Bachmann inputting God into politics on why our fiscal house isn't in order is just plain ridiculous. Our country is in the financial mess it's in due to George W. Bush and his spending spree.

    August 30, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Anonymous wrote:
    She played the liberal media like a fiddle . . .
    Any media group that is not ideologically neocon is "liberal media" to you, and the rest of the neocons.

    Republicans have not changed since the days of GWB. This another example of the old GWB mantra, "You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists." In other words, if you don't agree with what I think, then you are an enemy of the people.

    August 30, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Eiolgj

    Some attempts at humor are just not funny, and usually one recognizes it when the reaction from the audience is "off." You don't need a spokesman to explain yourself.

    August 30, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Her "joke" doesn't even make sense. What was "God's message" of the earthquake and hurricane?

    According to people like Cantor, our government shouldn't help its citizens unless their are off-setting spending cuts to social programs he doesn't like.

    According to people like Ron Paul, FEMA isn't needed; every person for themselves; there is no "common welfare" clause in the Constitution.

    According to people like Pat Robertson, God is targeting Liberals and gays (although this doesn't exactly explain the wildfires in Texas and flooding in the Midwest).

    That said, there's no way the GOP/Karl Rove will EVER nominate a woman for prez; Bachmann and Palin are allowed to run around, in an effort to get out the Republicans woman vote. (Ditto for why they allow Romney to run around: to get out the Mormon vote.)

    August 30, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Steven Gaynor

    Of course she was not joking when she said it, but after the negative reaction she received, she had to soften her stance. Again the real message we need to send to her is – KEEP RELIGION OUT OF POLITICS! Concentrate on the important issues – such as health, education and economy.

    August 30, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. blftgk

    If you watch the film clip of her comment I didn't hear anyone laughing?

    I guess the bridge collaps in Minniapolis was a sign from god too. Ha Ha. How does she interpet that disaster? Should we cut spending for bridge repair and maintenance, or is god telling us not to cross the river?

    August 30, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. frag

    I only wish I could say I was surprised by this statement. The sad truth is, I was not. The most dangerous people in the US are the ones who think they can be a Christian and politician at the same time.

    August 30, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Greenspam

    Even Jay Leno is saying that Bachmann has no sense of humor!

    August 30, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Whitney

    I live in Virginia Beach hurricane Irene was not a laughing matter. It is hard to believe that someone who is running for President of the United States would make such a calus remark. Over 40 people have died because of this storm, and some people have lost everything they own. I am sick of Republicans throwing God into the mix when something happens. There is a seperation of church and state for a reason! Leave it that way! She needs to issue a public apology to all of us effected by Irene.

    August 30, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Kwesoe

    Now, we can deduce that her entire campaign is a joke.

    August 30, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Pete

    Hilarious. It's not like Irene and the earthquakes caused billions of dollars in damage, robbed people of their homes and livelyhoods, and killed people. Oh wait...

    August 30, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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