Bachmann points to 'great sense of humor' after God joke
August 30th, 2011
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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
soundoff (750 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Dozens of people dead and millions without power... obviously this is all because God is punishing Obama. Come on, Republicans, stop mixing religion and politics!

    August 30, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Kent Bowen

    Ha, ha, ha...That's so funny now that I know she was joking.

    August 30, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Cuernito Noz

    It certainly was not a joke. Bachmann truly believes god is punishing us for having voted for a black and democratic president. And instead of having the elegance of admitting it was a mistake she tries to shove it under the rug. But it is okay. This s c u m b a g will never make it to the WH.

    August 30, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. JohnRJ08

    Joking? I don't think so. This fits right in with her "pray the gay away" beliefs. She's an idiot.

    August 30, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Setharian

    If she were a Democrat, no one would have noticed and this article wouldn't exist. What a nitpicky, hyper-sensitive waste of time. Good grief.

    August 30, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Tom

    That's a real thigh slapper, Michelle. Yet another Tea Party idiot destined to fade away.

    August 30, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. COlady

    Oh, please! Not that I support this dingbat in any other way, but that same joke started making the rounds on the internet the day after the earthquake. Don't slam her for something most of the rest of you have done yourselves!

    August 30, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. clarke

    well she can defend what she wants, but what she said still wasn't funny no matter how you slice it.

    August 30, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Steve O

    People died! Businesses were destroyed and homes were lost! Hahaha, get it?!?

    August 30, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. hbsd

    Gilbert Gottfried got fired for a funnier joke about Japan's natural disaster. Can we fire Michelle?

    August 30, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Todd, Wy

    The fact that enough people in this country think she is worthy of being president and she is on the republican ticket scares me. She is a nut case. It says a lot about our society i guess

    August 30, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Michael

    Michele Bachmann. The definition of dumb.

    August 30, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. ACamelSpider

    Stuck On Stupid. Bachmann. I gave her points after the GOP debate. My bad. Currently reminding me of 70's ANITA BRYANT. Meet the same political demise. Stuck on Stupid.

    August 30, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Demo

    Dear God,
    Thank you for giving us Michelle and making her a candidate for president. This sure will help President Obama win a second term without any real challenge.

    August 30, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Kevin

    This is no Pat Robertson. There was no earnestness or gravity here behind her remarks the other day. CNN is supposed to be a place for people who see things differently, rather than just plain left or right. It is changing and it is sad.

    August 30, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Mick

    Um, actually, if you have to explain that it was a joke, and if millions of people are offended by it, then no, you don't have a "great sense of humor". You're not so hot at damage control either.

    August 30, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Rufus

    How is this a joke? Don't they usually require a set up and a punchline?

    August 30, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Are you kidding me??


    Please SHUT UP!!! You're just making it worse and digging a deeper hole for yourself. You're foot in mouth syndrome is appalling and disturbing.

    August 30, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. bob

    What gets me about the naz-ti party is when they refer to the American people it's always white people ralling for them where are the people of color? When are they going to come into and reach out to the people in the inner cities? We are the American people too!

    August 30, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Get over it. God shouldn't be in politics anyways. He is not real, the economy is.

    August 30, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Jack in Des Moines

    Sure she thinks this is a joke. But then again, this is the same woman who thinks Abraham Lincoln "just about lost his life" while in office. "Just about"? Seriously, why is anyone backing people like this?

    August 30, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. GOP = Greed Over People


    There are 666 comments posted about the anti-Christ and little miss blasphemer!

    August 30, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Are you kidding me??

    And on another is this funny? How can you joke about such a serious matter? People dying and billions in damage!!

    August 30, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. dwerbil

    Hey MICHELE BACHMAN, there's now over 40 deaths attributed to Hurricane Irene. Just how many deaths are needed for you to consider your jokes to be bad taste?
    YOU are a jacka ss in the highest order.

    August 30, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. mariah

    Did she not learn to NOT make blatant remarks & then completely back out of them when called out? It's not funny, it's pathetic. Stand up for your own opinion, don't try to play it off when criticized.

    August 30, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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