After discovering the questionable way the U.S. picks foreign diplomats, Daily Show host Jon Stewart proposed a way to bring non-partisanship back into the process: Send Fox News host Sean Hannity to Russia.
With current ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul set to leave his post at the end of the Sochi Olympic Games, Stewart said, President Barack Obama’s administration should select “someone we aren’t that crazy about, and [send] them away.” When a picture of Hannity showed up behind him — drawing cheers from the audience — Stewart pointed out, “He said he wanted to leave anyway.”
But otherwise, Stewart found evidence undermining House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) claim on his show that political corruption only affected the conservative side of the aisle; while none of the Obama administration’s selections to represent the U.S. in Argentina, Norway and Iceland had ever been to their assigned countries, he said, each had donated large sums of money to the president’s re-election campaign.
“Let me ask you this,” Stewart said. “Have any of you f*cking people been to EPCOT Center? Is there a rule that ambassadors can’t have set foot in the country they’re going to ambassador? Would it ruin the surprise?”
Besides giving the appearance of the impropriety Pelosi denied, Stewart said, seeing ambassadorships tied to fundraising apparently meant that the Iceland assignment was worth more than going to Argentina.
“Why would I go to the home of the tango, the world’s best beef, and the coolest pope, when I can hang out with Bjork and have a plate of Hrútspungar meat?” Stewart asked, referring to a local delicacy — ram’s testicles.
Watch Stewart examine the shady ambassadorships, as posted online on Wednesday, below.
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