Sitting in the cold, wind and rain, nearly 1,000 students waited outside Lisner Auditorium Monday to watch one of the final tapings of “The Colbert Report” featuring special guest, President Barack Obama.
The president traveled from the White House to George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium to meet with political humorist and pundit, Stephen Colbert and host part of the satirical show.
Obama surprised both the audience and Colbert by taking over, “The Word,” a segment where Colbert says a witty line before a picture or phrase flashes on the screen facing the audience. In honor of the episode being taped in Washington, the segment was appropriately re-titled “The Decree.”
The President delivered a Colbert style rant. “As you know, I Stephen Colbert, have never cared for our President. That guy is so arrogant. I bet he talks about himself in the third person,” said Obama acting as Colbert.
The segment continued by poking fun at Republicans.
During the segment, Obama mentioned that there are things both Democrats and Republicans liked about Obamacare. The phrase “Everything but the Obama” appeared on the screen for the audience to see.
Following the break, Obama and Colbert sat down for a “traditional” interview where the two discussed immigration, the economy, nuclear launch codes and the growth employment over the last few years.
“I’ll give it to you,” said Colbert. “You’ve employed a lot of people, mostly as secretary of defense.”
Obama has recently nominated his fourth secretary of defense in six years after Chuck Hagel recently left the position.
Colbert also asked the President for our nuclear launch codes, asking if they include the number 5 in any of the codes.
Despite the comedy, the President was able to push his agenda on immigration and the Keystone XL Pipeline, both issues that have received large amounts of media attention lately.
Obama spoke about the importance of making the right decision when it comes to building the pipeline, especially when it comes to creating jobs and climate change.
“It could create a couple thousand jobs in the initial construction of the pipeline, but we’ve got to measure that against whether or not it is going to contribute to an overall warming of the planet,” said the President.
Colbert even created his own policy, suggesting the pipeline be used to help steer immigrants away from the United States.
The next two years may go smoothly if Obama sticks to being president and Colbert stays on cable TV.