Last night, Comedy Central aired the episode of The Colbert Report we’ve all been waiting for. While Stephen Colbert and his team were in our nation’s great capital for a visit to George Washington University they roped in the person who is arguably the biggest guest that a politically-oriented talk show can currently have on: President Obama. Catch him taking over The Colbert Report, below.
Colbert is preparing to introduce the new episode of The Colbert Report when President Obama walks onstage. The host exclaims he didn’t expect Obama for another three minutes, to which the President replies with a real zinger.
“Stephen, you’ve been taking a lot of shots at my job, I decided I’m going to take a shot at yours.”
The President actually does a pretty good job with Colbert’s opening monologue, giving us “The Decree,” a segment which is all about Obamacare, its effects on the American populace, and how to kill it off before it gets any further by “scaring away young people.” Hilariously, the goal is to read the words exactly as they were written for Stephen Colbert, which means Obama not only refers to himself as Stephen Colbert a couple of times, he also goes on a rant about how “arrogant” the President actually is. But don’t take my word for it—seriously check out the opening; it even features Obama doing Colbert’s pen trick.
The President’s takeover of The Colbert Report was announced just a few days ago, during which Colbert also mentioned the awesomely appropriate name for last night’s episode, “Stephen Colbert Presents: Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington D.C. Ya Later, Legislator: Partisan is Such Sweet Sorrow: A Colbert Victory Lap, ‘014.” This isn’t the first time Barack Obama has popped up on a Comedy Central show. He has also appeared on The Daily Show and even briefly showed up on a pre-taped Colbert Report segment that also featured Hilary Clinton and John Edwards (at the time, he hadn’t even earned the POTUS title, yet). This time around, it’s a way bigger deal, as Obama was a huge part of the episode, which was taped at the university in front of a large crowd. I’m sure it was a security nightmare for his Secret Service team, but it was totally worth it for the final product.
It’s pretty sweet that the President was able to be a part of the show this year. Stephen Colbert only has a few more episodes left of The Colbert Report before he leaves Comedy Central to take over David Letterman’s timeslot over at CBS. The man already has big plans for his finale, and while we are sad his show is ending sooner rather than later, we’re happy he gets to do things as cool as event tapings and Barack Obama appearances until he completes his last monologue for Comedy Central.