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. Retired Army in San Antonio

    @ rapierpoint.......August 30, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |


    Sorry buddy......the 'rest of us' aren't running for President. This lady is way beyond being a poor candidate....she's way beyond bing a joke.

    This lady is.......indescribable.

    August 30, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Dan

    "Thou shalt not take the Lord thy God's name in vain."

    she is the anti-Christ.

    August 30, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. sammiamm

    Wow, think how well that humor will play out when she is serious negotiations with other world leaders! Oh, Japan – wasn't it funny how that earthquake/tsunami cleaned up your shoreline??? Oh Rwanda, I guess all of the crazy people died laughing! The only joke here is you, Michele Bachmann

    August 30, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. The Jackdaw

    Why do we only have dumb people to chose from for public office?

    August 30, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. A vote for Bachmann is indeed historic, it will put the First gay male in the WH!

    God just spoke to me and told me to say that the people of MN still could not see thru your stupid insensitivity and lack of support for infrastructure upgrades even though they had a "bridge fall " on them..

    Pretty funny dontcha' think?

    August 30, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. J

    She's an idiot, who cares what she says? Have you actually listened to her? She's just like Palin, totally clueless and always walking around like she's looking for her lost car keys...just so lost all the time.

    August 30, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Jim

    She wasn't joking. She really believes that or she would not have said it. She always says what she believes. The problem is what she believes isn't necessarily true nor does it reflect reality.

    August 30, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. ellid

    Shame on her.

    August 30, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Eiolgj

    The so called joke was in bad taste, if aimed at Christians, and worthless if aimed at non-Christians. So we've got a lady who can't admit a mistake.

    August 30, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. The Jackdaw


    Thats the sound I assume she is making in that photo.

    August 30, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Jimmy

    The only thing funny about all of this is that she is actually a legitimate contender to be president. That is honestly funny.

    August 30, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Leo from Texas

    Your lying ......You were being the real your retracting what you said....You don't have a chance at winning nothing.......Maybe the foot in mouth award......

    August 30, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. EastCoastMike

    The more this idiot opens her mouth, the further she gets from anyone taking her seriously as a political candidate....Thank God and keep talking.

    August 30, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. abby1

    It's good to know we have a presidential candidate that finds humor with a hurricane that caused deaths and lots of property damage. That's really funny. I hope that people remember her words and not vote for her or anyone else like her.

    August 30, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Middle America

    I get it.

    August 30, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Mark in Seattle

    This should be the anchor that finally sinks her.

    August 30, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Hector Arellano

    Michele ! Michele ! Michele ! Your great sense of humor is kiling me ha! ha! ha!

    one more joke like that you could end up getting drafted for COMEDY CENTRAL

    You're making us all pee wee in our pants. IT IS KILLING ME

    August 30, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. babaelf

    Rather than call them direct acts of God, which language might offends some people, we’re morons of we don’t understand that Nature’s law is balance. Constant adjustments are made beteen heat and cold, light and rain, sound and the elements. There are powerful conscious Energies whose provenance in the entire creation is a divinely mandated commitment to keep nature’s elements in balance.
    With equilibrium, the process of evolution flows smoothly. But man’s actions are now so unnatural that nature has been deeply disturbed, resulting in destructive chaos, widespread immunological breakdown, environmental degradation and toxic chemical pollution penetrating the very DNA of human, animal and vegetable organisms – nature totally reeling and out of balance by man’s drunken lack of environmental awareness.
    As a defense, nature tries to adjust itself. Floods, tsunamis, droughts, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, hurricanes and even plagues are some of the ways by which nature’s immune system seeks to shout out – to cleanse and balance itself on earth. These events will increase in the not distant future. The reaction of nature is a blindingly flashing red-light that man’s actions are unnatural; that he need be true to his inner demands, which acted upon automatically set a proper balance within human consciousness and adjust the physical conditions in the entire creation around him. When creation is overwhelmed with such unnatural processes, it seeks divine intervention; what more can it do?

    August 30, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Bastille Day

    It's hard to take your foot out of your mouth when you swallow the whole leg.

    August 30, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    @ rapierpoint

    People, lighten up. It was a joke. Perhaps ill-timed, but everybody think for a minute. Have you all never made a joke that was ill-timed or possibly in bad taste? Have you all never laughed at a morbid joke or the Black Knight scene in Monty Python's Holy Grail? All levity aside, it sounds like many of you really need to take a close look at yourselves before blasting other people. Glass houses and all. Come on, just last week, people were making fun of the earthquake trying to decide whether it was "Obama's Fault" or "Bush's Fault" that caused it. Where was all the righteous indignation then? I tell you where it was. It wasn't.

    The difference is, no one died, private property damage was minimal, and there were no reports of widespread disruption or destrucion of our infrastructure. Irene caused all of those things. To somehow try to justify a horribly lame attempt at humor by someone attempting to run for the POTUS by referencing Monty Python is a stretch, to say the least. She will eb held to higher standard simply by what she is doing: to NOT hold her to that higher standard would be a failure on the part of the public. People have died because of this storm, and I don't recall anyone cracking wise about the earthquake ( which I felt), so that defense of Bachmann is as lame as her humor.

    August 30, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. TiAmo

    After the Haiti earthquake, one-time presidential candidate and televangelist Pat Robertson said it happened because the people of Haiti made a pact with the Devil a few hundred years ago. After being criticized for it, he back-pedaled. Now Bachmann makes the same sort of God based statement as the reason bad things are happening to America. After she gets criticism, she back-pedals. Do we really people like this in charge of our country?

    August 30, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Fuzzbee Morse

    Dear Michele Bachmann, People that actually have a great sense of humor NEVER announce, "I have a great sense of humor." Do you know why? It's because they're funny and don't need to. People laugh at their jokes. In this case, the only joke is your candidacy.

    August 30, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. 2tired2care

    It's so freaking funny that we have to ask her when she's joking or not. Wacko!!!!

    August 30, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. lgpony

    To all of the Repub's is this the best list of candidates you can line to be president of the USA.
    For REAL that's IT. 🙁

    August 30, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Bob Phelps

    Nothing but lies and dysfunction. Every time she contributes another dysfunctional statement the staff must return to more damage conrol. They're no better at coming up with functional excuses than she is of maintaining any sense of integrity. I have no problem with the gender of a president, but they must be intelligent and honest. With Palin, Bachman and Perry, the Republicans have selected 3 incredibly poor candidates, with absolutely no concern for the working class or the environment. They're selling out their own supporters, who are too naive to realize that unless they're seriously affluent, the Republicans could care less about them, except as puppets.

    August 30, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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