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
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  1. Horus

    I have the same question as someone else: Who is really actually going to vote for this woman? Jokes aside (as many have made them in bad taste), is America so far split that folks would really vote for someone that, under normal circumstances, would be more suited for a mental institution than the WH? As an Independent I'd hoped to see a practical, and balanced candidate from the GOP; what a disappointment.

    August 30, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Remember the JOke Obama told at the Memorial Day ceremony... "we have long line of fallen soldiers... I see some of them in the audience today"... Obama's joke about seeing Dead service men was beyond insensitive..

    Thats not what he said at all....way to misquote to serve your sick agenda...

    August 30, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. The Other Michael in Houston

    Oh just joking huh? Ha freaking Ha. I guess your were just joking when you tried to "pray" the 'gay" away also. What a waste of a human being you are Michelle Bachmann.

    August 30, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. FedUp

    Give me a break! Is there no one out there that has a life doing anything but picking apart anyone's comments? This is ridiculous!

    August 30, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Ferret out the B.S.

    If this blog is any reflection of the feelings of most voters..... She's outta here! Goodbye and good riddance. Tell your hubby he needs help turning gays into straights.

    August 30, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. skudbuket

    Fine Michelle- for the sake of argument let's say you have a sense of humor. A greatly warped and non-humorous sense of humor. You are incredibly insensitive, and vomit inducing. If you believe god would punish people through natural disasters you belong in the old testament. And not in politics. I'll vote for you though in the primaries... Just so you can be defeated in the GE.

    August 30, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Jonathan

    Oh please people. Get over yourselves. If this were a Dem making the same joke, you would be telling everyone to "lighten up", or "It was just a joke LOL".

    August 30, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. hmmmm

    Stupidity and insensitivity aside, why do Bachmann, Perry, et al., think for a moment that the American people would want to elect as our President someone who so obviously and openly despises our Government?!?! That just makes no sense whatsoever. This is America, baby–Love it or Leave it!!

    August 30, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. asm_ith

    She's very hypocritical. If someone else said that God did something which she didn't like, she would chastise them for blasphemy; there is no way she would let them get away with saying it was a joke. With people dying, suffering losses, etc. also isn't something to be joking about.

    August 30, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. woman on the moom

    so many people mistake sense of humor with dumbness. this is the perfect example. people who claims to "have a GREAT sense of humor" usually don't. that's my observation anyways. i wonder if one day Michelle Bachman's youngest daughter goes, "oh mom, i need to tell you something. i just had an abortion last week." Michelle will go ballistic, "you f*** whore! you know what this will do to my campaign?!" then her daughter goes, "i was just kidding mom!"

    August 30, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Jack Storrow

    Where's Dennis Miller when you really need him. Can you imagine the reaction if a democrat made that comment? I can picture the entire GOP caucus standing on their oh-so-indignant pious soap box quoting "the American people" demanding an ethics investigation on the origin of the joke asking for the democrat to resign.

    August 30, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Jake

    People are dead, homeless, without power because of the hurricane, and this NITWIT makes jokes about it? Michele Bachmann is the punchline to a very sick and stupid joke.

    August 30, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. deathwombat

    It wouldn't have been funny even if Irene hadn't been a disaster. When you make an unfunny joke about a disaster in which people died and lost their homes, you just look like a jerk. She should be apologizing, not defending what she said. If she doesn't understand what was inappropriate about this "joke", she doesn't belong in politics.

    August 30, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Mike S.

    Interseting how a hate filled heart and mind can turn even a disgusting comment like she made into "a joke". She has no sense of humor any more than . . . Dick Cheney, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Corporate CEO's, ad infinatum (or should I say ad nauseum?).

    August 30, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. sortakinda

    A sense of humor requires intelligence. Bachmann is the last person who would have a sense of humor.

    August 30, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. HRPuckinfutz

    She is nothing more than a female version of Dick Cheney.

    August 30, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. winger27

    We all put down the Middle East for having these religious oppressive governements, we'll we're about to go that way here!
    Our founders were very explicit in the seperation of chruch and state along with religious freedom. The two go hand in hand. This crazy dominionist does NOT represent my religion, and I DO NOT want someone like this running this beatiful country. I love our freedom, and this woman and those like here are dangerous, close minded zealots on a mission to make America an apostolic state where everything they do is justified by God, because THEY know the mind and the nature of God.
    if you're an American and a patriot, you have a duty to fight this kind of reiligous determinism in our goverment.
    Remember Germany anyone, or Iran, or the Taliban!!!!

    Mark my words, these people will destroy this country!

    August 30, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    @ Think Again I just read your comment.

    Quick question to Bachmann and all those who believe that the earth is about 6,000 years old and that dinosaurs walked with man.

    If this is true, then why are dinos not mentioned in the Bible?

    If you read the Bible carefully ThinkAgain dinos are referred to as tanniyn, behemoth, and Leviathan. I hate it when people TRY to act as if they are smarter than God.

    Have a nice day.

    August 30, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. sortakinda

    Bachmann says it's good to exhibit a sense of humor when speaking to people-when else does she exhibit it? Laughing herself silly in a stall in the ladies' room?

    August 30, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. TommyTT

    For years, the mean-spirited, sanctimonious wing of the religious right has used "God's punishment" to beat up gays, atheists, New Orleans poor folk and other victims in a way that's very NOT funny. Now, as she emerges from that tradition, we're supposed to believe she's joking?

    August 30, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. steven harnack

    If you have to tell people for days after that "I was just joking" then you don't have a "great sense of humor"! She doesn't have a great sense of anything except the deep seated ignorance of her fans.

    August 30, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. AqChicago

    Going by Michelle Bachmann's so called "joke", she can use her same nonsense & disgusting logic to also link Sep 11 and Katrina under a Bush republican administration. Using her logic, she and the republican admin should NEVER again in history be elected again, so we can avoid such major disasters, right Michelle?

    August 30, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Bill

    Dubya joked about WMDs under his couch. Bachmann about natural disasters as timely from God. These Teapublican types have more than a few screws loose upstairs.

    August 30, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    If there is a God, Michelle Bachmann's campaign will some be smitten from on high.

    August 30, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. MSB

    This was supposed to be a "joke" ? Give me a break, especially since the earthquake and the hurricane did not do any serious damage to Washington, DC. What about the families who lost loved ones, and who lost their homes, is that funny?

    August 30, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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