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. Scott A

    Aren't jokes supposed to be funny or at least intend humor. Saying that God wants to cause destruction may be something that Dominionists like Bachmann and Perry may believe is funny, but the "humor" falls flat to those of us who know the type of person she is (and Perry's the same way). This latest "joke" just goes to show it even more.

    August 30, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. dondondon

    so I wonder how Pat Robertson and his followers are taking Michelles comment that it was a joke, when Pat actually heard from God himself, that he (god) was angry about the gays. And that's why Ilene hit New York ( it would make sense after all, because the people and politicians in New youk are trying to destroy marriage by letting people who love each other get married ) makes sence to me !

    August 30, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Chach

    A whole new meaning to dark comedy.

    August 30, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. We the People

    Hey Michelle
    In Prospect, 89-year-old Charlotte Levine was killed early Sunday when a falling tree limb pulled power lines onto her house and started a fire.

    Think that's funny ?

    In Southbridge, 52-year-old public works employee Richard Gorgone was electrocuted Monday when he touched a railing on his front porch that was electrified by downed power lines.

    How about that, bet you are laughing so hard you peed in your pants

    Oh and there is this one

    A man in his 50s was electrocuted in Spring Valley when he tried to help a child who had gone into a flooded street with downed wires

    How funny is that, you moron

    August 30, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    "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."

    All of these terms could describe elephants or other large animal. There's no common version of the Bible; it's been translated countless times, by countless political organizations, intent on furthering their own agenda.

    I don't think I'm smarter than God; I just believe in using the brain God gave me.

    August 30, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Ruskinite

    I sometimes have a hard time dealing with the reality that someone as loony as this Michelle Bachmann is actually running for president - and that there are enough gullible people in this country that would vote for her. However she wants to defend or justify her tasteless joking around (religious nuts from Pat Robertson to Fred Phelps use the "God punishes..." nonsense) but that sad fact is that SHE KNOWS there are idiots who actually believe this and underhandedly, is "connecting" with them.

    She is a nut case and everyone who follows and supports her is just as nutty.

    August 30, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. Left Coast

    What Bachmann said was no joke. It was code to the extreme religious right to tell them "I am one of you. I will do your bidding and you can trust me to turn the US into the Christian Theocracy you dream of." Saying it is a joke it just a way to cover over the reaction so as to not scare the rest of the population. Make no mistake, Ms. Bachmann, despite what she says, wants to impose her religion on to the rest of the country. We forget this at our peril.

    August 30, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. arizonamom

    I'm sure the people who lost loved ones and posessions are just rolling with laughter, Michelle. What an incensitive putz!

    August 30, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. jimboe

    how is that funny? can somebody explain to me how it's even remotely humorous?

    August 30, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Thought experiment: A person says "This is God's wrath on America", another says "This is Allah's wrath on America". Why is what the first person said considered an act of a conservative patriot while someone who says nearly the exact same words would be considered a jihadist terrorist? Please understand, my assertion is NOT that the latter isn't a jihadist terrorist, no, my assertion is that Bachman is no different. Tea Party = American Al-Qaeda

    August 30, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. borneo wildman

    After many medical consultations, it has now been confirmed, Michelle Bachmann does have a sense of humor.
    Just not a very good one.

    August 30, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Richard Aberdeen

    Well, I guess one could say it is fortunate for Bauchmann if she has a sense of humor, otherwise she wouldn't have any sense at all. I'm not sure that either God or the citizens of Vermont are laughing, who can say for sure? Hasn't it ever dawned on those who make "selective" weather judgments, like Pat Robertson, that God must truly be mad at several red states that have been hit with severe droughts, floods and tornadoes over the past couple of years? Whatever's fair !

    August 30, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Lenny Pincus

    Recall though that the reason we have to listen to this bozo is evangelical Christians. They vote as a bloc for evangelical candidates no matter how stupid they are (the candidates). Now a new Christianist with better hair and man organs is running and all the evangelicals are tripping over each other trying to be the first to offer up their votes as holy sacrifices. Remember too the math. If 20% of the American populace is evangelical, and 30% of the population is Republican, only about 3% of normal people like Perry.

    August 30, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Kevin

    Ken from Florida writes, "My Lord, oops, excuse me . . . it's humorous to see the Libbies take such exception to what was clearly a joke...." Kenny, it wasn't a joke until her PR team said it was. She is no different than all the other fundamentalists who believe that an invisible hand is behind every rain drop, every lightning bolt, every earthquake and every alcoholic who finds Jesus. It isn't the first time a fundamentalist will blame a natural disaster on man's evil ways and it won't be the last. Hopefully the rest of America will use their common sense to choose a leader who believes that we control on our own destiny and not someone who fears the wrath of Zeus should we make a mistake along the way.

    August 30, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Gemini Girl

    The fact that Crazy Bachmann is even running is the greatest joke of all! What is it with these Repubs? Do they think they even have a chance against the President? The unemployment numbers would have to be double for a Repub to win the office of the President. I think that's why our NJ governor, Christie, is not running, because he is smart enough to NOT run this time around, knowing he wouldn't win; it's too soon for him. But I wouldn't vote for him, I would wait for another Democrat in 2016. Perhaps Hillary??

    August 30, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. bassman

    Our media look so foolish after this one. It was obvious to everyone (except our media) that she was joking. Our media is so delusional. One Liberal blogger thinks she was being serious, and every other news outlet jumps on the bandwagon. You people need to get outside of Manhatten once in a while.

    August 30, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. GinBR

    "The American people have done everything they possibly can, now it's time for an act of God and we're getting it."

    "Of course I was being humorous when I said that."

    So.....the only people that went through the earthquake and hurricane were people that support the President and the democrats?? Also, if God was mad at Obama, why would He only affect a few east coast states and Colorado with His wrath??? Bachmann is a certified freakn lunatic.

    August 30, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Charlie in Maine

    If we allow any ANY of these bozos running for the GOP nomination to be elected Presdent the joke will be on us. They can call Obama a failure all they want but the truth is that he is not. He is not far from a failrue though crhonologically, seving that closly to the George W Bush Error.

    August 30, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. doc_rf

    run, Michelle, run. not for president, just run (away)

    August 30, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Willyboy

    That vile beetch was not joking – she is a hard core died-in-the-wool, psychotic Christofascist who believes Sky Daddy talks to her.

    August 30, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. paul

    Lady you are one right wing teabagger nutjob. Why is it that the nutjobs are always religious.? Keep God out of it.

    August 30, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Willyboy

    That vile woman was not joking – she is a hard core died-in-the-wool, psychotic Christofascist who believes Sky Daddy talks to her.

    August 30, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. normalice

    so, god isn't upset and doesn't want us to cut spending? is that the joke?

    August 30, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. jean

    Michele, spare us. Perhaps you should consider a career in comedy. We expect our presidents to act... presidential.

    August 30, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Shawn

    The saddest part of this: If I had to choose between Sarah Palin and this absolute whackjob...I'd have to take Palin. Good lord...I would support Sarah Palin over someone...the world is coming to an end...or hell has indeed frozen over.

    August 30, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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