Bachmann points to 'great sense of humor' after God joke
August 30th, 2011
08:43 AM ET
11 years ago

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. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Was there laughter after her "so-called" joke?

    August 30, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Bachmann was serious when she made the comment, and now she is backpedaling her way through damage control. It ain't woikin'. What is really sad is the fact that the people in the audience have "a great sense of humor", too. They laughed. Since when did God declare that he was a conservative and a Republican? What made Bachmann think this "message" was meant for liberals and Democrats, and not directed at the Tea Party and those on the extreme right? Arrogance.

    August 30, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. alvy singer

    What a marvelous sense of humor...I'm convulsed with laughter. This one actually beats wishing Elvis a Happy Birthday on the anniversary of his death.

    August 30, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. miamigrrrl

    There's nothing funnier than blaming your mythical sky daddy for the deaths of 38 people and the destruction of towns. Hilarious!

    August 30, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Real Patriot

    The only "joke" in this story is Bachmann herself.

    Presidential? Really?

    August 30, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. JoeG

    And this wants to run the country? What's next, a Comedy Central stand up routine on the next earthquake that kills hundreds of people? What a maroon.

    August 30, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. blf83

    Bachman IS the joke, a bad one.

    August 30, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Former Republican, but never again!

    How would you like to listen to jokes like this for four years?

    August 30, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. DarthWoo

    If she has to explain her joke to this extent, it's either not very good, or, given our knowledge of Bachmann so far, she's just lying through her teeth and hoping people will forget that she's a fundamentalist, Dominionist loon.

    August 30, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. derekbcalgary

    What is, and has been, painfully clear to me is that Michelle Bachmann IS the joke.

    August 30, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Chas in Iowa

    Now she's cracking God jokes? I don't know what religon she practises but my religon says, "Do not take the Lord's name in vain.".
    Of course because she's a GOP candidate she can throw God around all she pleases to suit her needs.
    Put a fork in her,....she's done!

    August 30, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. chechi

    The joke is on her. What poor excuse for a politician she is. Is this the best America has to offer for the persidency?
    God is love and compasion, not vengeful and little like she is. President Obama is doing the best he can , he is a decnet human being and no matter how low you hit him, he is above cheap politicians like you are Ms Backman...

    August 30, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Dreamer96

    If Bachmann ever managed to get elected president, she will need a large team of political spinners following her around where every she goes, covering up her verbal mistakes...

    August 30, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Voice of VA

    A joke? I may be late to this party because I've not had power, internet, or cable until now but I cannot fathom how this could be a joke. A natural disaster...DISASTER, is not something to ever be "joked" about. Is it funny that 6 people from my state lost their lives? They are DEAD Bachman. D-E-A-D. I doubt your insensitive "humor" has much sway with the families of those lost, the families who lost their homes, businesses, jobs because of this "funny storm". You're done ma'am. Sit down, shut up, and let someone intelligent enough NOT to make such idiotic statements run. With every newly reported death, your joke becomes so much more "hilarious"...

    August 30, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Conky

    I’m wondering if a meteorite were to come down and strike her in her fat mouth and shut her up for the next six months, if she would still think it was” an act of god”……One can only hope.

    August 30, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. ANN

    She knows her nutty followers believe that stuff but she conveniently ignored the disasters that hit every part of the country mostly in the racist south and the world. Wow, what was her GOD trying to tell Japan? If you find out, let me know

    August 30, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Tom

    Michelle, go tell those who lost loved ones or their homes that it was just a joke or a product of your great sense of humor. Very Presidential of you. You just lost my vote, even if you only run for VP.

    August 30, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Larry L

    Think about it folks... the codes to deploy enough nuclear weapons to destroy most of the world. Is this the sort of person you'd want with that sort of power?

    August 30, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Bassmaster

    Every election has one person who is just there for our entertainment with no chance of winning. She's the one this time around. The media obviously agrees because every photo they post of her is one while she is caught in the middle of some strange facial expression. That's not really helping her image!

    August 30, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. LMC

    It's always easing to say it was just a joke! If that's her sense of humor, she has a very insensitive one. She should apologize to those who have lost their loved ones, homes, etc.

    August 30, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Sniffit

    I'll say it until it sinks in. The game is very VERY simple:

    1. Say something completely outrageous and extreme that indicates your true beliefs and gives the extremist base the confidence that you believe just as they do, e.g., that God takes an intimate interest in the daily doings of the United States' government and would use natural phenomenon such as the shifting of tectonic plates or a hurricane to communicate his displeasure with what is deemed by his oh-so-humble servants to be errant, ungodly budgetary behavior.

    2. Promptly engage the political moonwalk thrusters when the press gets ahold of your outrageous statement and walk back the statement as "just a joke" or "I'm sorry you misunderstood me" al while giving the extremist base you were aiming at a big WINK WINK.

    3. Sit back and enjoy the free publicity, attention, name recognition boosters, 24-hour news cycle redundancy etc., that the MSM provides as it feeds like a starving lamprey off the ability to sensationalize an entirely contrived controversy and carefully avoids looking critically at the statement in light of your past record and statements, publicly stated belief systems, etc., and dutifully pretends that it's all no big deal so any damage to your reputation can be avioded lest it also ruin the controversy being sensationalized.

    4. Profit?

    August 30, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Bassmaster

    PS- Can we stop defaulting to everything being a result of the magic man in the sky?

    August 30, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Tony

    Palin. Bachmann. O'Donnell. The list goes on. Is it any wonder why the Republican Party is in trouble? Women make up more than half of the population in the U.S., yet Republicans keep on fielding female candidates who are idiots.

    August 30, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. MnWise

    I've got a good sense of humor too, and I find her absolutely hilarious!

    August 30, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Olukay

    I guess if one of her family member died in the might be funny....ignorant fool...

    August 30, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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