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. jb1963

    Did she tell that joke to the families of the 38 who died in the storm or the thousands that lost their homes?

    August 30, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. noteabags

    Anyone stupid enough to believe that line is stupid enough to vote for her too.

    August 30, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Kill The Wabbit


    She played the liberal media like a fiddle . . .

    Nope, but she does want to see Rome burn.

    August 30, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Anonymous

    To all the liberals spewing their phony outrage, her light-hearted comments were directed toward our out-of-control government, not the natural disaster and its victims.

    You liberals really have a knack for ignoring government failure.

    August 30, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Seraphim0

    Anon- if by 'played the liberal media' you mean 'made herself look a complete fool,' then yes, yes she did.

    August 30, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Ewing

    She has a lousy sense of humor.

    Ironic, isn't it, considering what a joke she is...

    August 30, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "She played the liberal media like a fiddle . . ."

    Given that the MSM is uncritically giving her exactly what she wants instead of looking objectively at her ploy and pointing out that the whole thing was a Freudian slip indicating her true beliefs, that her handlers likely took her in the bakk room after and had to tell her she made a flub then sit her down for some re-programming, and that she is now simply spewing the cover-up walkback story they invented as damage control and the media is giving her free rein to do so without a critical thought in its advertising revenue addled corporate brain...I'd hardly call it a "liberal" media in the first place. Not even close. Rather, it's simply more evidence that the media's only "side" in this (for the most part...exceptions exist like Faux Noise) is it's own and its profit margins at the cost of doing the journalistic service it was meant to be doing.

    August 30, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. MN 6th District

    So Michele...what message was God sending to Japan on March 11, 2011?

    August 30, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Not All Docs Play Golf

    What the heck has the GOP become?

    August 30, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Willy W

    If you listen to the actual sound bite you can hear her making the comment in jest. There is always a few in the crowd who are thin skinned. C'mon people, find a new hobby and lighten up. If this is such a big issue, why hasn't anyone gone after the University of Miami sports teams, or the Carolina Hurricanes, or the Hurricane drink in New Orleans, or the Hurrican rugby club in New Zealand, or the Worcester Tornadoes, or the Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes? They are profiting over a "not funny" act. Sheesh, stop looking for things to complain about.

    August 30, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. bill

    Bachmann went on to say that if she were elected President, in addition to $2 gas prices and a cure for homosexuality, she would tell God to stop all the natural disasters during her time in office and cure cancer. Elect Bachmann, for a brand new world !

    August 30, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    Newsflash for Bachmann's campaign staff: Rein her in ... her compassion is showing.

    August 30, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. NW

    More likely scenario, the earthquake was a result of all the founding fathers buried in VA who were rolling over in their graves in reaction to her political views and interpretation of the Constitution.

    August 30, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. mary

    It;s not a sense of humor if you have to tell people you were trying to be funny! I'm sure the people who lost everything including loved ones were laughing hysterically. What a numbnuts!!!!

    August 30, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. ChumBucket

    Oh no! She said "Act of God"

    what a foul and horrible thing to say!!

    liberals are a plague, and should be exterminated.

    August 30, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. Contance

    What I don't understand is the fact that Americans are actually supporting or thinking about supporting a candidate that can joke about the pain, suffering and loss others experienced because of a natural disaster? Truly where is the compassion Christians are suppose to show?

    August 30, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. George

    President Bachmann will deport 11 million illegal immigrants on her first day in office. On her second day in office she will destroy our enemies in a nuclear holocaust the likes of which cannot be imagined. On her third day in office she will send Vice President Palin on a goodwill tour of the world, just to get her out of her hair. On her fourth day in office she will dismantle the federal government. On her fifth day in office she will cure all gays by sending them to her husband's federally funded clinic. On her sixth day in office she will replace the constitution with the ten commandments and on the seventh day she will rest.

    August 30, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. indydave

    Michelle, ya stepped in it this time. The one thing someone infected with the conservative mind-set can't stand is ambiguity. They need a simple, plain-as-day black-and-white picture, none of this, 'does she really believe that, or was she joking' uncertainty. You know a lot of your reality-impaired constituents really, honestly, sincerely believe that Pat-Robertson/Jerry-Falwell tinged lunacy – picturing your superior being wielding storms and fault-lines to punish anyone who doesn't obey their authoritarian idea of perfect behavior. Now you've gone and confused them. Do you really believe it or don't you? Now they can't be sure – and that will upset them for a while. You have to go a LONG way further to convince the sane majority that you're a viable candidate, so I'm not sure the gamble will have paid off – you'll have lost some of your core constituency for basically no gain. And it was a dumb, hackneyed, predictable, so-common-as-to-be-cliched joke anyway.

    August 30, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "Don't YOU find natural disasters that claim 36 lives and cause over $10 billion in damages just hysterical? "

    Bachman: "Only when it's a section of the country that my base and I believe to be east coast liberal elitist heathens."

    August 30, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Rick

    Say outrageous things, get publicity, write a book. Sort of a pattern. This is just a moneymaker

    August 30, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. zip

    The darling of the trailer parks. If you would let this troll walk your dog, you are truly mindless filth.

    August 30, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Holy Cow

    First, I do not believe her when she says she was joking. I saw her face when she said it and she looked serious as a heart attack. Second, even if she was joking it's a bizare joke. She is NOT president material and I would not for her or anyone that would want her as their vice president.

    August 30, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ron Paul spoke of Galveston rebuilding in the 1900 hurricane without FEMA. I'll bet the surviving Texans could have used some FEMA help getting rid of the 6000 bodies floating in the water. I am sure Michele would have made a joke of that disaster as well.

    August 30, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. hwy911

    Yeah, honey, God has a sense of humor, too. You'll see how funny he can be when he denies you that which you most want in this world – access to the Oval Office.

    August 30, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Giilbert Gottfried

    Fire her from being the Geico Gecko the way I was fired from being the AFLAC Duck.

    August 30, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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