Michelle Bachmann quits presidential campaign after last place finish in Iowa caucus results! Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced Wednesday that she will beÂ resigning fromÂ the presidential race after a disappointing last-place finish in the Iowa caucus results. Bachmann said she will drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but will continue to fight for the issues.
In what must be one of the most tasteless jokes of the century, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said on Sunday that Hurricane Irene and the recent East Coast earthquake were God’s way of sending a message to Washington about the government’s spending habits.
â€œI donâ€™t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Michele Bachmann told supporters at the Republican Party’s Straw Poll gathering on Sunday.
“Weâ€™ve had an earthquake; weâ€™ve had a hurricane. He said, â€˜Are you going to start listening to me here?â€™ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and weâ€™ve got to rein in the spending,â€ Bachmann said.
While a press statement issued by Michele Bachmann aide Alice Stewart said her boss was speaking “in jest,” we didn’t find her tone funny in the least. She sounded more like crazed evangelist Pat Robertson, who said Hurricane Irene was a symbol from God to call attention to the cracks in our “nation under God”Â andÂ the East Coast earthquake was aÂ “birth pang” foreshadowing the End of Days.
Even if it really was a ‘joke’ by Michelle Bachmann to blame Washington for angering God into creating a series of terrible natural disasters, it was horribly uncouth. Hurricane Irene has claimed at least 25 lives and caused billions of dollars in damage all along the East Coast. Joking that government spending is responsible for pissing off God enough to kill people isÂ amusing in no one’s book.
As Politico.com stated eloquently, Michelle Bachmann’s ‘joke’ raises “the question of whether it’s appropriate for a presidential candidate and member of Congress to be joking about a major weather event that has already resulted in fatalities and extensive property damage.”
On Monday, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann made a memorable impression on the nation during her presidential kickoff speech. Unfortunately for Bachmann, it probably wasn’t the kind of impression she was trying to make. Instead of basking in the glow of launching her new presidential campaign, Bachmann found herself the brunt of jokes for mistaking serial killer John Wayne Gacy for legendary movie star John Wayne.
During her speech on Monday in her home town of Watterloo, Iowa, Bachmann told Fox News: “John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.” Sadly for Bachmann, as the Washington Times was quick to point out, the newly minted Republican presidential candidate was referring to the wrong John Wayne.
It was not film actor and producer John Wayne who was born in Waterloo. Instead, it was John Wayne Gacy, Jr. who was born in Bachmann’s home town. John Wayne Gacy, Jr. was a horrific serial killer who raped and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978.
So, basically, Michele Bachmann told the world she has the same “kind of spirit” as a mass murderer of children. Not really the best sentiment to express in your presidential campaign launch speech.
On Tuesday, Michele Bachmann addressed the flub that turned her presidential speech into a giant joke laughed at over water coolers and social networking sites across the world.
“People can make mistakes and I wish I could be perfect every time I say something, but I can’t,” Bachmann told CNN. “Of course, the main point I was making are the sensibilities of John Wayne, which is patriotism, love of country, standing up for our nation, that positive enthusiasm is what America’s all about,” Bachmann said.
Bachmann also noted that actor John Wayne’s parents did live in Waterloo for a time andÂ glossed over theÂ ‘technicality’ of her error. In the end, Michelle Bachmann just wants the nation to know that she didn’t mean to say she had the same “spirit” as a serial killer.
No, instead, she has the “spirit” of a man who told Playboy magazine in 1971 that Native Americans were ‘selfish’ for trying to keep their land from being taken from them when the white people were expanding and needed new land. He also stated that he believed “in white supremacy until blacks are educated to a point of responsibility.”
Oh, and let’s not forget that John Wayne had any number of high-profile affairs, was known as a mean drunk and allegedly liked to hit women. Now that’s the kind of role model any presidential candidate should want to emulate, isn’t it?