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. GSW Minnesota

    When one must state that he or she has a great sense of humor, that usually is not a good sign. It would be like telling a joke, getting no response, and asking those around you, "Get it?" or "Wasn't that funny?" Will Michelle go away when her "memoir" comes out?

    August 30, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Anonymous

    She played the liberal media like a fiddle . . .

    August 30, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. MSH Miami

    Hey, cut the lady a break. Don't YOU find natural disasters that claim 36 lives and cause over $10 billion in damages just hysterical?

    What a pathetic excuse for a human being. Is she so devoid of compassion that she can't just admit that her comment was grossly insensitive and apologize to all those families who lost loved ones in Irene?

    August 30, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Punisher2000

    Who cares about her "great" sense of humor? The fact that she uses it while a few dozen people died and countless suffered property damages or wounds, indicate that she is a very sick minded person. The other one, sitting at the top of GOP polls is equally a dlusional person. Scarry Perry, that is how he should be called. As for Bachmann she should be Bachsidemann.

    August 30, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. Brian

    the only thing that is funny about Bachmann is her politics

    August 30, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Jill-IN

    How could anyone call out current natural disasters such as the earthquake and the hurricane that has devastated some areas and caused at least 3 dozen deaths thus far... AND using it to make a cheap point, then say it is just her humor. Frankly, it is humor that we can do without.

    August 30, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. independent

    I would be willing to bet some astute media researcher will find other instances where Mrs. Bachman used political sound bites humorously. There are probably humous tidbits about the President, gays, liberals, other candidates, her background and training, her and her husbands use of government largess, the strength of their religion to return not just America to its rightful moral bearing, but to convert gays to straighthood. She is a very funny person. It is just unfortunate she gets to exhibit this humor from an elected position. I guess there are others out there who appreciated her brand of humor. I don't.

    August 30, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. Chrisg510

    The jokes on you Michele. Americans see just what type of person you really are. Oh, and GOD wants you to stop using his name for your disgusting politics

    August 30, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. RINO Bil

    Hey Michele, not all of us are stupid. You meant what you said the first time and don't have the guts to admit it.

    August 30, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. SecedingfromTexas

    I seriously doubt that God was laughing.

    August 30, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Mark

    Yes Michelle, we know you have a great sense of humor. You think you can win. Now that's funny.

    August 30, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I can't even begin to imagine what people around the world are saying about us when we are SERIOUSLY considering this blithering idiot's run for the presidential nomination.
    This is an embarrassment of Palinesque proportions people!
    And for someone who pontificates endless and senselessly about God this and God that, should she be taking the name of the Lord in vain? Should she not have enough sense to know that unless Irene had turned into a downpour with NO dead and NO property damage it should've been off-limits in regards to "jokes".
    What is wrong with us for making someone of her caliber think that she could buy her way into our collective psyche?
    She's GOTTA GO!!!!

    August 30, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. GEO

    another fine example of what to expect from the fine classes of people who wish to lead our country to futher disasters, Michelle? what were you thinking? If you wanna diss Obama ther are many many much better ways of going about it.
    But again I don't think anyone can take a comidianne seriously as a canidate GIVE IT UP!!

    August 30, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. Wes B.

    She's a regular Johnny Carson.

    August 30, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. Bible Clown

    It sounded really creepily sincere to me, like she actually thought that was going to work, and the crowd certainly didn't seem to think she was joking. Are we 100% sure it's not her that's a witch instead of that other lady? "Working the weather" is one of the things we used to burn weird women in this country for doing, back when good old conservative values came straight from the Bible instead of from common sense.

    August 30, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Alina77

    Oh its so funny "joking"" about Hurricane. What a great sense of humor she has.


    August 30, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. ja

    and she want to be president, LOL, these %#$# people have no sense of civility, pathetic

    August 30, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Bill

    This woman is beyond delusional.

    August 30, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. John

    She claims it is a joke to the media, but the bumpkins that were listening to her seriously believe that garbage.

    If you only ever know one thing about Christians, know this: Christians believe the "Holy Spirit" resides within them and that God is a part of them. They will lie to your face "For your own good" because God told them too.

    Sounds like mental illness to me.

    August 30, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. Possum

    Riiiiight. She had to back off the comment because it correctly lumped her in with the likes of Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and Harold Camping (recent end of world nut, still at large). Don't be fooled, Bachmann is out to rewind freedoms just this side shy of women not having voting rights. Her mindset wants nothing more than to replace the Constitution with the Bible and ensure every child is indoctrinated with Christianity by time they are out of Kindergarten. No thanks, crackpot.

    August 30, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Debbie

    Michelle, Perry and the rest of the right wing, including the clergy, are going to bust hell wide open with their bigotry. They condemn people who don't agree with them and then try to convince people that God is on their side. While they are joking and judging, people have died.

    August 30, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. John

    Hey, Michelle, Those comments were totally inappropriate. You will never win the election!!

    August 30, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Cigarman

    As I have said before, I am a republican. The Republican candidates that my party is putting into the race, are ALL JOKES themselves. All you have to do is listen to these NUTCASES. Run Hillary RUN.

    August 30, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. Ohio Man

    Hmmmm I wonder if Palin will put out a tweet / facebook statement about Bachmann's sense of humor.. Becuz had that been the Prez. Obama .. we knw there would have been tweets coming at him from all angles .. hmmm

    August 30, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. fbysea

    She points to her own "great sense of humor"?? Was is just granted her MIRACULOUSLY?

    August 30, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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