Michele Bachmann Says Hurricane Irene Should Be Viewed as Message from God
On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is coming under criticism for saying Hurricane Irene should be viewed as a message from God. She made the comment on Sunday at a campaign event in Florida.
Michele Bachmann, Republican presidential candidate: "And I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake. We’ve had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people, because the American people are roaring right now, because they know what needs to be done. They know the government is on a morbid obesity diet. It’s got to rein in the spending. This is not a difficult problem to solve."
On Monday, Bachmann attempted to back away from her comment. A campaign spokesperson said Bachmann made the comment in jest. The Christian televangelist Pat Robertson made a similar remark last week on his television program.
Pat Robertson, Christian televangelist: "It seems to me the Washington Monument is a symbol of America’s power. It has been the symbol of our great nation. We look at that monument, and we say, 'This is one nation under God.' Now there’s a crack in it. There’s a crack in it, and it’s closed up. Is that a sign from the Lord? Is that something that has significance, or is it just a result of an earthquake? You judge, but I just want to bring that to your attention. But it seems to me symbolic."