In June of 2008, Presidential Candidate Barack Obama delivered a speech in Minnesota in which he said, “…I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment…when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” And he meant it. Newsweek reporter Evan Thomas declared him God-like. Comedians pronounced him too profound… too brilliant to make jokes about.
By contrast, Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann joked to a Florida audience “Washington D.C.! You’d think by now they’d get the message; an earthquake and a hurricane. Are you kidding? The American people have done all they possibly can. It’s time for an act of God and we’re getting it!” Bachmann was laughing when she said it, the audience was laughing as she said it, but Left-wing blogs and newspapers went wild. They accused her of being a false “prophetess," and inferred she was a “crazy woman.”
In the words of Herman Cain, “America’s got to learn how to take a joke!” But the American media doesn’t want to learn how to take a joke when it comes to conservative candidates—especially ones who claim strong faith in God. Those candidates can’t have senses of humor, but they can—they must—be targets of ridicule.
Congresswoman Bachmann has had more than her share. The narrative is that she is gaffe prone...an unserious candidate. She shoots from the hip… she misspeaks…and her eyes open too widely, as demonstrated by an unflattering photo on the cover of Newsweek.
Congresswoman Bachmann has certainly misspoken on occasion. She said, for instance, that the first shot of the Revolutionary War was fired in New Hampshire rather than Massachusetts. No other candidate has made such grave factual errors. Except for maybe one. In 2008 Candidate Barack Obama said in a campaign speech that he had been to “all 57 states” and had one more to go. Since there are 57 Islamic states and 50 American ones, it should have received major coverage, but Obama was too "brilliant," too God-like for it to be mentioned by the same press apoplectic over Bachmann.
Bachmann recently said she was raised in Waterloo, Iowa, the same town as John Wayne. The press quickly pointed out that John Wayne was born in a neighboring town…while John Wayne Gacy was born in Waterloo. Pretty funny, actually…but no allowance was made for error…just ridicule for this “very serious” misstatement.