Bachmann: I was just kidding about Hurricane Irene [VIDEO]

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Michele Bachmann: Bad politician, even worse comedian.
Michele Bachmann's statement yesterday that the Washington, D.C. earthquake and Hurricane Irene are a message from God was not just insensitive and stupid. It was also funny!

So says Bachmann, who's now claiming that the whole thing was just a "joke."

See, the best way to handle a deadly natural disaster is to use it as a joke to loosen up the crowd during a public event on your presidential campaign. Remember all that dynamite material from William Howard Taft about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake? And, of course, George W. Bush's Katrina one-liners still bring the house down.

As always, Bachmann can never just say "I regret the error, and I was wrong." This time, her "joke" explanation came with a heavy dose of righteous anger.

Bachmann's statement of retraction-but-not-really comes via WHEC in Buffalo:

"My comments were not ones that were meant to be taken lightly. What I was saying in a humorous vein is that there are things that politicians need to pay attention to. It's not everyday that we have an earthquake in the United States. What I think that we are seeing is that in this country we have to have margin, financially. When we are so out over the cliff financially we don't have the margin that we need anymore."

Right. So this was a "joke," but not one that you should take lightly. A very, very serious joke. Grave, in fact -- especially for the relatives of the 32 people killed so far in Irene, and the five million Americans currently without power.

See, look, they're laughing hysterically! Oh, sorry, actually those are tears of sadness.

Videotape of the event from CNN confirms two things: First, it really was a joke, thus confirming that Michele is a bad comedian and a worse person.

Second, the Sarasota, Florida crowd that's yucking it up with her ought to do some serious thinking about what's funny, and what's not. The three anchors from CNN who introduce the video should also keep their giggles to themselves. People lost their homes and died this weekend -- maybe wait until Tuesday to laugh at their expense.

There's only one obvious "joke" here, and it's Bachmann's pathetic attempt at an apology. 

 

 

 

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guest
guest

Yeah, it's totally appropriate to joke about a disaster, which left 44 people dead, days after it happened

Alex
Alex

Marcus Bachmann is so so so gay and thats the truth.Oops now do you get it ! Attack Attack !

green23
green23

Deflect! Deflect! Yes, I do get it.

Hey, great job taking Kirk and MN Voter to task on their "attacks". No...wait...you gave them a free pass.

Hypocrites using hypocrisy to deflect the issue at hand. Classic.

Ronald Rex Russell SR
Ronald Rex Russell SR

Unfortunately there are conservatives out there that willallow Bachmann and many other Republicans to say and do anything. They aredesperate and would put any idiot up against Obama only to lose in the end. They(The Republicans) not only do they not have a candidate who can win they have alosing agenda to bring Jobs to a dying nation.

Screw you no thanks I will just stick to Obama \Bidden theonly adults running so far.

The Rest of you including Christy are a bunch of clowns.Where are your ideas for Jobs?

At least the President has one. The dumbest and most outof touch field I have ever seen Wow you Republicans should be ashamed Votersuppression union busting Attack on Medicare, Social Security, Gay Rights,Women’s rights, immigration Minorities ,Education, But not one frickin billabout jobs for the American people.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

And we're still waiting for doorknobs like Al Gore to say he was just kidding for proclaiming natural disasters are "Mans Fault"

Is that the difference; democrats believe man is God?

God created hurricane = bad!man created hurricane = good?

From the 2004 election cycle-Democratic party and John Kerry say In an email to their supporters, "President Bush is to blame for making extreme weather stronger.”President Bush is to blame for the 2004 hurricane season they say, because the President “walked away from the Kyoto Protocol, the only major international treaty to curb global warming pollution.”

green23
green23

So, someone said something several years ago that you didn't like. And that makes Bachmann smart. Or funny. Solid logic there.

Seriously, you make no relevant point whatsoever. Even as a deflection, it's pathetic.

There's documented proof right there of what Bachmann said. Instead, you go off on a tangent telling everyone "what Democrats think". And, unsurprisingly, it's completely wrong. I've never heard a Democrat say that "Man is God"; your quote of Kerry doesn't even say that. Even if every Democrat believed that "Man is God", what would that have to do with Bachmann saying that a hurricane is a message from God on the topic of fiscal discipline?

I think it's very telling that you do not even bother to actually *defend* Bachmann any more. Instead, you just try to create some kind of false equivalence. And you are too stupid to realise that all of your efforts at creating this equivalence only prove that the people that you *support* are just as dumb/immoral/crazy/bad as the people that you *hate*.

"Democrats suck, too!" is NOT a compelling argument to vote for a Republican. But that's really all that you seem have to have, no matter what the topic is.

Bilky
Bilky

That's some quality deflection there pal - pure repub tradition. Keep up the exemplary work.

green23
green23

Her statement is even more bizarre than the "joke". Apparently, joking that God caused an earthquake to send us a message is REALLY a humorous way of saying that the country needs a "financial margin" - whatever that might be.

It's like saying God caused you to have a stroke as a message that you need to pay your bills. It makes no sense, either as a joke or as a public policy statement.

Josephine
Josephine

"It's not everyday that we have an earthquake in the United States."

Um....yes it is.  Does she EVER fact-check before spewing?

green23
green23

You're right. There are around nine earthquakes every day in the U.S, though not large ones.

Maybe this was just a "joke" she was making.

vitajex
vitajex

Cue the MN Republicans drawing some comparison to Al Franken- y'know, because he made his name in comedy!  Somehow that justifies Michele making a completely tone-deaf (non)joke in public. "SEE!!!  20 years ago, long before he even considered running for public office, Al Franken wrote a joke on SNL that might have offended some people!  Leave Michele alone for her ridiculous comment made yesterday while she was on the campaign trail for the office of president!  It's not relevant!"

Ronald Rex Russell SR
Ronald Rex Russell SR

Like i said tone deaf stupid and out of touch (duh leave her alone) this Dooh Dooh is running for president. Was franken running for any office when he wrote that joke.All you see is a Skirt dude i will not leave her alone no matter how friendly your message may be. the comment was stupid and insensitive OKAY !

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