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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soundoff (750 Responses)
  1. skyjmpr

    Just... just.... just don't.

    Don't defend it. Don't rationalize it. Don't talk about it at all. In today's political climate (for which you and others of your ilk both Dem and Rep are responsible) there is NO such thing as a sense of humor. Leave humor to the comedians.

    August 30, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. jack

    The only natural disaster worse than Irene is Bachman. Its only a matter of time before Darwinism intervenes and we are
    rid of this weak and stupid.

    August 30, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Robert Cloosdoosch

    If you really believe this woman said this as a joke, then the joke is on you. She is a fundamentalist nutbag,

    August 30, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Jake

    great. so now we know whenever she says something idiotic, it's just her great sense of humor! i feel better now...

    August 30, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Maggie

    Oh, sure. Say something you really mean, so you'll clue in your followers about your radical ideas, and then tell the world it was a joke. Just like saying "submit" means "respect." Is dishonesty one of the Christian Right virtues? As a mainline Christian, I am dismayed at what the average person is taking away from this woman. She doesn't represent Christian values. She is a sham.

    August 30, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. GoldenGate

    I don't believe her. She got caught saying something stupid and is trying to get out of it.

    August 30, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Jason D

    She is a god a joke when she talks about pray away the gay?...she doesnt just step on her tongue, she is as warped as she appears to be..she would if not a memeber of the Tea Party Express not even be in the media...she is a no hoper for president or even vice president, nobody wants the sarah palin 'clank' with appealing to 1% of the populous and chasing away 25% of the republican voters into the hands fo the democrats to avoid another dumb leader after george 'warmonger' bush jr

    August 30, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Roger

    Politicians are not allowed to tell jokes. No matter the subject, someone will twist it and say how hurt their feelings are, and use it against you.

    August 30, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. sheppard

    @ Anonymous: "To all the liberals spewing their phony outrage, her light-hearted comments were directed toward our out-of-control government, not the natural disaster and its victims.

    You liberals really have a knack for ignoring government failure."

    You really believe that, huh? And you really have a knack for ignoring common sense..... (see, I'm not even going to call you a right/wrong wing nut for trying to defending the indefensible).

    August 30, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Sir Smegsalot

    I still want to pull apart her grilled roast beef-n-cheese sandwich.

    August 30, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. dee

    There's a joke here alright, but it's not her lame excuse.

    August 30, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. nate

    no you weren't, Crazy!

    August 30, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Gumboz1953

    Not only is it insensitive - it doesn't even make sense. The Creator of the Whole Effing Universe doesn't give two clods in a punchbowl about what the United States (or Earth, or the Solar System) does, or doesn't do. If he did, he would have destroyed us all about five minutes after we exploded the first nuclear weapon - assuming he let the Earth survive after the atrocities of the World Wars and other various wars and slaughters. Would such a being care about the Federal deficit or the whining of the Tea Party? Seriously?

    August 30, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Joe, San Diego

    Hopefully, Michele Bachmann keeps her humour when SNL makes a joke about her.

    August 30, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Fast Eduardo

    Oh, so THAT'S what 'having a sense of humor' means! Like an idiot I always assumed it meant saying things that were actually funny.

    August 30, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Paul Willson

    Joking about diaqsters or God is a sign of this persons unsuitability to be POTUS. She is totally unpresidential in demeanour

    August 30, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Kevin Quail

    Idiot and a liar- that's how she can be married to a gay man.

    August 30, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. shaiarra

    no "god", natural , if so then your god is unjust period, were was the quakes/ hurricanes for slavery, women equality right to be treated as equals ok, what BS FARSE

    August 30, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Sylvia Saint

    I do not trust this woman. I honestly believe she, at her core, embraces the imposition of THEOCRACTIC rule in America.

    She simply believes that this OK because her theocracy would be based on her interpretation of Christianity which she views as SUPERIOR to other religions. Maybe it is, but we still have a nation founded on the separation of Church & State. So whether it's radical, rightwing Islam in Iran, Afghanistan with the Taliban or radical, rightwing Christianity in American with Bachmann & Perry, it has NO PLACE in Governmental law or policies.

    She wasn't joking. Someone has told her that she needs to put this fire out before most of America see her for what she really is.

    August 30, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. gop4voldmrt

    Because a hurricane that has killed dozens and caused billions in damage is such great joke material. What a lame way to back out.

    August 30, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. G. Rose

    Loss of life, property damages in the millions, I can see how a natural disaster can be a joke...NOT FUNNY Michelle. Just proves how insensitive to people you really are.

    August 30, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Ed Texas

    The Bible talks a lot about false profits like Sister Michelle. She and Brother "Good Hari" Perry both have "foot in mouth" disease. Since Christianity is a center of Bachmann's political positioning she should answer what would Jesus do in these political situations.. Would Jesus give tax breaks to the rich or try to sustain the poor with minimum food/shelter? Would Jesus think Michell's comments about natural disasters that killed people funny? Would Jesus approve of her lies and half truths?

    August 30, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Bill

    Saying Washington isn't doing its job. Isn't her office in Washington? What has she done to help the situation that exist?

    August 30, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Gumboz1953

    Scott - what in the world are you talking about? Neither "liberals" nor President Bush (or anybody else that I heard) was joking about Katrina. Bachmann, on the other hand, joked about a tragedy and got called out on it - instead of apologizing, she blamed everybody else for not getting the joke (that killed so many people).

    This isn't a liberal or considervative issue. It's a "moron running her mouth" issue. I can't believe she's actually in the running for the GOP nomination.

    August 30, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Sue

    NOTHING about that statement was humorous.

    August 30, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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