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. Illeagle-j1

    Bachman may have a great sense of humor, but it looks like God has lost his. He is tired of these pistachio nuts, using his name, "God Is on our side". NEWS FLASH!!! NEWS FLASH !!!!! God is now pissed, and will continue to smite those who would use his name for their own purposes. Bachman, beware of lighting, it's coming to get your, and you wont know from WITCH way it will come.

    August 30, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. john

    lol...she's funny. Her best joke eve rwas when she announced she was running for president.

    August 30, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Let's get rational now

    As a former republican (staunch Reagan and first Bush voter) and now independent I have to say what every person who is now in my position politically is saying. What the heck happened to my republican party? I know anyone with cash can run for president but the current crop of republican candidates stretches that line of reasoning pretty far. Obama isn't great but I sure can tell you that I would not trust any of these people to cat sit for me over a weekend. Is this the best we have to offer?

    For those of you too young to remember take a look back at Reagan and Clinton speeches. After every one of their speeches you felt like you could conquer the world. You felt a little bit better. You felt things were going to be okay. When we went into Iraq the first time you believed Bush Sr. that he wasn't going to have us there forever (and he meant it too). He also kept his idiot Secretary of Defense (some guy by the name of Cheney) on a very short leash. Reagan, Clinton and Bush were true presidential material. You knew they were president. They may have had their faults (Reagan and Clinton had a bunch) but they got things done in difficult times. Can you really see Perry or Bachmann in the White House running the country? I mean, REALLY? Can you get past all the lies, half truths, christian conservatives, tea parties, etc. influences that their election would bring? And now Romney is pandering to these same folks. What is wrong with this picture? Why would you pander to a small group of voters and alienate a much larger group (like me) who really matter? If a candidate can't pass this test I question how they could run a country.

    August 30, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. WTF!

    Bachmann = dingbat crazy!

    August 30, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. carolyn

    Of all the picture's I've seen of Bachmann; she looks more stupider on this one.

    August 30, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. DrDoITT

    Palin/ Bachmann 2012 : MILF/MILF '12 after POW/MILF '08

    August 30, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Auto

    I like the guy named "dicknixon" posting he's no fan of Bachman but there making a mountian out of a molehill and tells cnn to "move on"..

    the articles like 10 sentences long..

    some mountian right-wing fool,ya'll stick together now ya hear?

    August 30, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. dm

    NOT funny...not funny at all.

    August 30, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Robert H

    Loudly demanding that people acknowledge how wonderful your sense of humor is
    while telling tasteless and stupid jokes about people who died less than 24 hours previously
    is pretty much destined to fail.

    Has she ever even met a non-brainwashed human being before?

    August 30, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Tom Hartman

    I absolutely hate how touchy and politically correct everything is now. You can't say anything without someone being offended. Ugh. Any rational, thinking person knew that she wasn't making fun of any of the HARM caused by these events.

    August 30, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. AndyBlue

    It is too bad that American Christians allow these pushers of intolerance to speak for the majority. I no longer trust people who claim to be christian. Backmann is nothing more than a snake oil salesman and a great example of what is wrong with today's America.

    Hate the Gays.
    Hate the poor.
    Hate the Mexicans.
    Hate the sick.
    Have the unemployed.
    Hate the seniors.
    Hate the Unions.
    Hate anyone who wants to progress as a country.
    Hate women rights.
    Hate black
    Hate Muslims
    Hate the President.

    Hate Hate Hate Hate hate hate Hate. What a bunch of downers.

    I bet these people are just a hoot at parties.

    August 30, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Lynnypoo

    I'd never vote for a candidate who uses god as their "wingman" Religion and politics don't mix. Look at the middle east. Look just about everywhere. Never works out good.

    August 30, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. AJ

    Dozens dead, Millions without power, Billions in monetary damage. What an awesome sense of humor.

    August 30, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Dan

    You don't joke about something that killed 22 people. If she lacks the common sense and decency to realize that then she needs to shut up and go home.

    August 30, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Billy

    Please, please, please GOP: nominate this woman for 2012! The debates with Prez Obama will be priceless!

    August 30, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Danny

    A great sense of humor when peoples' lives are lost, and livelihoods ruined.

    August 30, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Eileen

    So the takeaway on this is Michelle Bachmann thinks Americans dying is HILARIOUS.

    August 30, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. thatguy371

    Great sense of humor? By WHOSE standards? I don't know anyone who thinks this trainwreck chick is funny. Alot of what she says is hilarious, but only for the stupidity involved to think it up.

    Here's something funny involving her... In June, she kicked off her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, calling it the home of American actor John Wayne. The town was actually home for a time to serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

    Now THAT'S funny.

    August 30, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. l3K

    This woman IS THE JOKE....get it michele? ur the joke...hahaha NOW lets laugh....

    August 30, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Ghost

    What about obama's cruel joke on Memorial day when he said he saw some of our fallen soldiers in the audience... referring to alive veterans.

    August 30, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    what a small ugly person

    August 30, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Aaron

    If Obama had made the same joke, the twit Bachmann would have been screaming that he's anti-Christian and doesn't respect God. The hypocrisy of this lunatic is unbelievable. The only thing more unbelievable is that she has supporters.

    August 30, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    Ms. Bachmann, you are aware that the Nat'l Cathedral in D.C. was damaged by the lastest earthquake, as well??. I'd say, maybe God, was warning us against the 'False Prophets' of the world.

    August 30, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Someone please.... Stuff her into her Clown Cannon and shoot her the Hell out of here!!!! She's had her 15 minutes of fame.... Enough is enough... Put the rock back on top of her and let's all move on!!!

    August 30, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Kris

    Michelle. Go away.
    Now and forever.

    August 30, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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