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The Colbert Report is a little more than a week away from ending, and Stephen is determined to go out on top. Tonight he had Barack Obama as a guest, and our president killed it.
Barry O was determined to run the show, taking over "The Word" segment and renaming it "The Decree." Still, Barack had to read the text prepared for Colbert, which was essentially a roast of the president and his signature legislation, ObamaCare. It was a double-whammy of self-deprecation, each verbal ether paired with a snarky caption. Here's a partial transcript from Deadline:
“Well, first off, now that the Republicans control both the House and the Senate, they could pass a bill repealing Obamacare. But the president still has the video. And, if I know that guy, he’s willing to use it,” Obama said.
“And, even if Republicans somehow did repeal it, they’d have to replace it with their own healthcare plan.”
[Fracking The Elderly]
“And, once they touch it, they own it. If anything goes wrong, suddenly everybody will be complaining about Mitch McConnell-Care.”
[Walk It Off.gov]
“Of course, another strategy is taking Obamacare to the Supreme Court and trying to get it thrown out. But last time we tried that, it didn’t work. I believe there’s only one sure-fire way to kill this thing,” Obama speculated.
[Deny It Healthcare]
“We have to make signing up for Obamacare unappealing to young people.”
[Send Via LinkedIn]
“Now the new web site works, and most young people can get covered for less than a hundred bucks, how’s the president going to get that message out to the kids?”
[Tattoo It On Taylor Swift]
“He could try to appeal to them directly through a speech or a press conference, but young people don’t watch real news shows like this one.”
[Or Fake Ones Like Fox]
“They watch comedy shows, and I just don’t see the president going on one of those. They’re beneath his dignity,” Obama said.
After "The Decree" Obama sat down for a very un-serious interview with Colbert. The president played along the whole time but passed on the last question. "Barack Obama: great president, or greatest president?" Colbert asked.
"I'll leave that one alone, Stephen," Barack replied.
Part one of Obama's interview with Colbert is above, check out part two below.