With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. – William Shakespeare


Merz, a married father of three sons, was also a Boy Scout. Shortly after the video of his endearing outburst went viral on the internet, he left his public office.

We couldn’t help but wonder if he just wanted to go out on a high note or if it was a case of finally realizing how incomprehensible the legislative process has become.

Whatever the reasons for your contagious mirth, here’s to you, Mr. Merz, for the unexpected smiles, belly laughs and the Awesome shot of endorphins! 

His “happy” condition spread like wildfire throughout Parliament

Hans-Rudolf Merz was party secretary of the Free Democratic Party (FDP/PRD) in St. Gallen from 1969 to 1974. In 1997 he was elected to the Council of States for the canton of Appenzell Outer Rhodes in Switzerland.

St. Gallen, Switzerland
St. Gallen, Switzerland

In 2003, while serving on the board of directors of the Helvetia-Patria insurance company and Anova Holding, and as a member of the board of trustees of the Max Schmidheiny Foundation, Merz was elected to the Swiss Federal Council.

In 2008 Merz suffered from a heart attack and was flown to Bern University Hospital where he underwent multiple bypass surgery and was put in an artificially induced coma.

President Merz, in keeping with tradition, presented with a pig during a tour of the opening of the Olma in St.Gallen.
President Merz, in keeping with tradition, presented with a pig during a tour of the opening of the Olma in St.Gallen.

Undaunted by the close call, he succeeded Free Democratic Party colleague Pascal Couchepin as President of the Confederation in 2009. But there’s more to this man than big business, high finance and politics.

It seems that In 2010, while addressing Parliament, Merz was reading a reply written for him by customs officials about meat imports.

The bureaucratic nature of what he was reading sent him into a fit of uncontrollable giggles. His “happy” condition spread like wildfire throughout Parliament, and by the time he had finished, everyone was feeling better.

 


–  WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYiNG –

YouTube: “I love laugh attacks. It’s like ‘What are we doing here in this big meeting?’ What is this ridiculous way that we do things as people. It just gets to you sometimes.” – Taft Brigmon

Snow-covered St. Gallen in winter. Ideal for business or pleasure!
Snow-covered St. Gallen in winter. Ideal for business or pleasure!

The Guardian: I heard him on Swiss radio that morning. He subsequently claimed that he found it hysterical because he found most of what he was reading utterly incomprehensible. Which is a good thing for those of us in French-speaking Switzerland who have no idea what he was saying either. – littlebounce

Huffington Post: No seriously, that did happen to me once a few years back during a Financial presentation at my Company. Instead of saying Technicals, I said Test icals and I couldn’t stop laughing for 5 minutes, thank goodness my CFO was laughing with me! – american2008


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