Michelle Bachmann’s team spent Monday in damage control after the Republican congresswoman and presidential candidate called a pair of natural disasters messages from God to Washington. ”I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Bachmann said at a rally in Florida Sunday. ”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 has to be done. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.” On Monday, the Bachmann campaign called the statement a joke, saying it should be clear the candidate was speaking in “a humorous vein.” Hurricane Irene, which has caused widespread flooding and millions of dollars in damage, has been blamed for 40 deaths so far.