The United States Senate confirmed award-winning and renowned producer of the soap opera “The Bold and The Beautiful” this week to serve as ambassador to Hungary. Colleen Bell, a member of the premier Los Angeles County family, Bell-Phillip, formerly of Chicago was treated very unfairly by some of the President’s political adversaries, but the Holmby Hills based businesswoman never lost her dignity or class, while being chastised by the same men, who hailed people with much less credentials as American heroes. Sadly Washington’s partisan bickering, which went into overdrive after John McCain was defeated for a second time, previously by President George Walker Bush and then by President Barack Obama.
At a time when people are in shock over the propaganda media savviness of ISIS, people such as Colleen Bell should not be treated with disdain, they should be brought into the foreign service to counter what our enemies are becoming very good at. Her success as an award-winning producer of the most watched Daytime Drama in the world is something her allies and proponents bring up whenever her name is mentioned.
What is it, that a woman has to have more credentials than her male peers in the same position? Colleen, a neighbor, a friend of decades is someone I can fully vouch for, as the best candidate for this post.
Prior to the vote, McCain, R-Ariz., went on his typical tirade about how Colleen Bradley Bell, a soap opera producer and bundler for President Obama’s campaigns, is “unqualified” to represent the United States as an ambassador to Hungary.
“We’re about to vote on a totally unqualified individual to be ambassador to a nation which is very important to our national security interest,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “Her qualifications are as a producer of the television soap opera ‘The Bold and The Beautiful,’ contributed 800,000 [dollars] to Obama in the last election and bundled more than $2.1 million for President Obama’s re-election effort.”
“I am not against political appointees … I understand how the game is played, but here we are, a nation [Hungary] that is on the verge of ceding its sovereignty to a neo-fascist dictator getting in bed with Vladimir Putin and we’re going to send the producer of ‘The Bold and The Beautiful’ as the ambassador,” McCain continued. “I urge my colleagues to put a stop to this foolishness. I urge a no vote.”
After McCain’s typical ranting and raving, the Senate confirmed Ms. Bell to the ambassador post with a vote of 52-42.