Oxford Union, one of the world's oldest and most respected debating societies, has invited such renowned leaders as Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, Ronald Reagan, and the Dalai Lama to speak. And on Friday, the society is adding one more name to that list: Michele Bachmann.
Soak that in. Yes, the Minnesota Republican and tea-party stalwart is the latest speaker in a large series run by undergraduate students at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Upon announcing her upcoming speech, she called the invitation to join the club of Oxfordian speakers a "high honor."
Hustler founder Larry Flynt, talk-show host Jerry Springer, cult movie icon Tommy Wiseau, failed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (he canceled), and former presidential candidate John Edwards.
In keeping true to the society's mission, organizers invite people who aren't in the mainstream of political and cultural thought. While many people would view some of them as extreme or bizarre, they're simply giving a different perspective, says Polina Ivanova, the president of the Oxford Union.