President Obama Sits Down for Interview On Colbert Report

President Obama and Stephen Colbert during a taping of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University on Monday. (Photo: Pool, Getty Images)

Talk show host Stephen Colbert mocked President Obama on Monday for making a special contribution to the nation’s jobs picture.

“I’ll give it to you. You’ve employed a lot of people,” Colbert said. “Mostly as secretary of Defense.”

“Well — that’s boosted our numbers a little bit,” Obama conceded just days after naming his fourth Defense chief in six years.

Obama’s appearance on the satirical Colbert Report was his first in-person appearance on the show as president — and his last. The show wraps up its nine-year run on Comedy Central at the end of the month as Colbert prepares to take over the CBS Late Show next year.

Obama opened the show by taking on the role of Colbert’s stage alter-ego, the conservative Bill O’Reilly-style pundit, poking fun at the host and himself while also promoting the open enrollment for the new, improved Obamacare website. “Remember the original HealthCare.gov website? I think that’s where Disney got the idea for Frozen,” Obama joked.

During the free-wheeling interview that followed, Colbert quizzed the president about immigration, his use of executive power, the Keystone XL pipeline and his place in history.

Colbert: “You realize you’re an emperor now; it has been declared. You are Barackus Maximus I. … Why did you burn the Constitution and become an emperor?”

Obama: “You know, actually, Stephen, everything that we have done is scrupulously within the law, and has been done by previous Democratic and Republican presidents. … We can’t deport 11 million folks who are here, the vast majority of whom are good people who are just trying to get ahead and trying to make sure their families can get ahead. So instead of devoting a whole lot of resources on separating families, grabbing some mom who’s working at a hotel or some dad who’s working in a kitchen somewhere, and separating them out, let’s focus on deporting felons.”

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SOURCE: USA Today – Gregory Korte and David Jackson

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