On “The Daily Show” Wednesday night, Jon Stewart openly mocked the Obama administration (and Press Secretary Josh Earnest) for the recent decision to nominate ambassadors to Hungary and Argentina that are lacking in credentials and qualifications.
The ambassador to Argentina, Noah Mamet, has never been to the country and doesn’t speak Spanish.
“Although I can see getting someone to represent us in Argentina who is fluent in Spanish would be very difficult, I mean, barely two thirds of our population speak it,” Stewart joked.
The ambassador to Hungary, Colleen Bell, is a former soap opera producer who cannot name a single U.S. interest in the country.
“She’s a soap opera producer. She can help us when Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban’s wife wakes up from a seven-year coma just in time to call off her daughter’s wedding to a man with amnesia who turns out to be a woman who’s pregnant with the illegitimate son of the prime minister’s evil twin Fernando,” Stewart jested.
The real comedy came when Stewart played a portion of Earnest’s press conference in which he attempted to defend the president’s decision to appoint the two ambassadors after a journalist questioned the qualifications of Bell and Mamet.
After denying that the couple’s abilities to raise money for Obama lead to their hiring, Earnest let something slip that Stewart called “the greatest thing I’ve ever seen the president’s press secretary do.”
“Frankly, I was not part of this decision-making process,” Earnest said.
“What!” You can’t do that!” Stewart exclaimed. “His entire job – his only job – is built around trying not to go, ‘Hey, look, I just f**king work here.’ But that’s what he did! ‘Take it up with my supervisor. Earnest, out.'”
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