Swiss Miss? Bachmann is Sworn in as Swiss Citizen

It’s hard to imagine an American president gushing about the wonders of another country the way Switzerland’s newest citizen, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, does in this video.

Were the United States to have a conflict with Switzerland, whose side is hypothetical Pres. Bachmann on?

Bachmann took the astounding initiative to become a Swiss citizen for what can only be described as fuzzy reasons. Her husband is Swiss. O.K. Yes, but why would someone who ran for president of the United States so recently that she still hasn’t paid off her campaign debts decide to be a citizen of a whole other country?

The move raises even more questions than being born in Hawaii (Obama) or Panama (McCain). For starters, to which country is her allegiance? Were the United States to have a conflict with Switzerland, whose side is hypothetical Pres. Bachmann on?

Let’s continue the thought exercise with the idea that Marcus Bachmann’s parents were from a different country, say Venezuela or Ukraine or Syria. If his devoted wife were moved to take an oath of loyalty to any of those countries and then run to be the president of this one, would that be acceptable?

Switzerland is also wondering what to make of Bachmann’s move, especially the idea that she could give up on being president of the United States and turn her ambitions to Switzerland.

Swiss commenters on news sites and forums are not friendly to the notion of a Bachmann candidacy. “This woman is dangerous,” writes a commenter Windisch, noting her claim that climate change is a “fairy tale.” Writing on the Blick’s forum, Windisch says, “The statements she has made in the past, are highly questionable!” Commenter Cyrus on an English-language Swiss news forum wryly asked: “Should we ask to see her birth certificate?” On the same forum, Olygirl says “Do they know that Switzerland supports gay rights, abortion rights, some censorship.”


  • Thomas Kent
    May 9, 2012 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

    By becoming a Swiss citizen, isn’t she renouncing her U.S. citizenship?

  • May 9, 2012 - 5:50 pm | Permalink

    No she has dual citizenship Thomas, but it’s still a pretty odd move for a presidential candidate.

  • Calgal
    May 9, 2012 - 8:59 pm | Permalink

    If only she would relocate and take up yodeling contests.

  • Thomas Kent
    May 10, 2012 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks for clearing that up, Trish. My wife is from the Philippines. When she became a U. S. citizen, she had to renounce her Philippine citizenship.

    • May 10, 2012 - 2:53 am | Permalink

      Oh, Marcus is Swiss! I thought he was gay.

      But seriously, we have a friend who was born in Canada to a US father and Canadian mother and had dual citizenship as a child, but when she reached adulthood, she had to choose one or the other. I did some quick googling but couldn’t find a source that said whether it was okay by the rules of Congress for a rep to have dual citizenship. You would think that it is the sort of thing that Republicans would oppose (except, of course, when they do it).

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