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. Pat in IL

    She can call it "sense of humor" if she wants, but it's nothing but lack of judgement. If it's really humor, it's sick and misguided humor.

    August 30, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. d

    No, it was her being the religious wing-nut that she is.

    August 30, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Justin Cider

    The I-35W bridge collapsed in Minneapolis 7 months after she took office, this was also a message from God – he hates Bachmann and her agenda. I have a sense of humor as well!

    August 30, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. allens

    what a horrible person. i am glad she is out there showing her true colors. america does not need a exdtremist at the helm

    August 30, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Jim

    There is at least 20 reasons that she is not even close to being funny

    August 30, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Ohio Man

    Some1 needs to check her medicine cabnet ..I'm pretty sure there is something in there that will explain all of this .. lol

    August 30, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Publius Novus

    Rep. Bachmann may or may not have a sense of humor. But her joke about the earthquake and Hurricane Irene were in poor taste to say the least. She owes an apolgy to the families of the dead and the people of the east coast, but especially NJ, NY, and VT.

    August 30, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Kenneth

    Okay I vote for a separation of humor and politics amendment in the Constitution.

    August 30, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. Anonymous

    So God is a joke now?

    August 30, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. TheTraveler

    The joke IS Michelle Bachmann ...

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

    This is a woman who believes that the Earth is only 4000 years old. That is insane. There is scientific evidence to prove that the Earth is millions of years old. If you are considering listening to her or worse, voting for her, then you are making a big mistake becase a person who believes the nonsense she believes is not someone we need running our country. By the way, if you believe that the Earth is only 4000 years old, then you are just as stupid as she is.

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

    Of course she's right. I mean didn't god create everything? Not just puppies and apple pie but cancer , hurricanes, earthquakes etc.

    August 30, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Bill

    The only thing that is a joke is Bachman running for President.

    August 30, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Being the "good Christian" woman that Mrs. Bachmann is, she should adhere to Ephesians 4:29 (.." Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers...:)

    August 30, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. Ronald

    What! She was being humorous about God? Watch out for the lighting bolts Bachmann. After all, you wouldn't want to offend the supreme being. Your lord from whom all political power comes from and sends you into the wilderness of heathens to smite the gay people and put down the liberals and turn this country into "your image!" Yes, yes, you must smite the wicked and bring down the government and anyone that isn't your kind of christian.

    August 30, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. Jeffski

    The place where we held our wedding reception in Vermont, 2 years ago, was virtually destroyed this weekend – buildings and bridges over 100 years old, just gone.

    I fail to see the humor in it. And I fail to see how anyone can think this woman is of Presidential caliber if she thinks it's a subject for jokes (and self-serving political jokes at that). Even GW Bush had his solemn moments during disasters; his response to Katrina may have been flat-footed, but at least he didn't make jokes about it.

    August 30, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Ali

    @ Dave Harris, sadly you have a point. There are so many out there that are seriously suggesting that natural disasters are an act of God because he is angry about the direction of the government. It's actually rather scarry. What is really funny is that people are so arrogant as to think their displeasure with the government is so important as to warrant an act of God.

    August 30, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Sue Sarkkinen

    People lost their lives and property as a result of Irene. She thinks this is a joke? Not very funny to me.

    August 30, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. Joseph B

    If you have to tell people something was a joke, it was not funny.

    August 30, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess she has proven that she really is a lawyer, in the great ambulance -chasing tradition. This almost ranks with Bill Clinton's splitting hairs over the definition of " is" in terms of struggling to defend the indefensible.

    Bottom line, one life lost is one too many, and the damage to infrastructure in the region is certainly no joke. What will be a " joke" will the be the House GOP attempting to offset the cost of a disaster again with more cuts. Is Eric Cantor done running around his district with his list of invoices, presenting them to towns and villages for earthquake damage, so he can do the same in the states affected by Irene?

    August 30, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Jon

    Highly religious people shouldn't be allowed to run for any government role, never mind the president. And to call that a joke? Moron.

    August 30, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. Heather

    Somehow making a joke about events where people have lost lives -been injured -lost everything they own – seems to be a very strange reaction . I wouldn`t think a "want to be " leader would display such a total lack of sensitivity . Perhaps if it were her home or someone she cared about involved in this tragedy she would not have found it quite so humourous.

    August 30, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Mindie in Indie

    what a flaming hypocrite. If anyone else had done this it would have been a great 'sin'. No wonder the GOP is becoming obsolete – with people like her in the party how could it last.

    August 30, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Erik

    I'm no Bachmann supporter and live in a hurricane area, but, come on, it's clear she was making a joke. Lighten up, people.

    August 30, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. SelfRighteousnessAbounds

    Using God as a political ploy is sinful blasphemy. Any wonder why God didn't answer Rick Perry's flaunted prayers for rain?

    August 30, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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