Tongue in cheek, Obama displaces comedian Colbert on popular show

Mon Dec 8, 2014 11:31pm EST
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By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON Dec 8 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama slipped into the role of late night talk show host on Monday, nudging Stephen Colbert away from his perch during an appearance on the comedian's satirical program and poking fun at himself in the process.

"You've been taking a lot of shots at my job, I've decided I'm going to go ahead and take a shot at yours," Obama said before sitting down alone behind Colbert's desk.

"As you know I, Stephen Colbert, have never cared for our president," Obama proceeded, pretending to be the comedian.

"The guy is so arrogant, I bet he talks about himself in the third person," he said to laughter and applause.

The president has appeared regularly on daytime and nighttime talk shows to reach specific constituency groups, including young people, who are a key Colbert demographic.

In the surprise opening segment, Obama read the remarks that were supposedly prepared for Colbert while flippant commentary appeared on the screen next to him, drawing howls from the audience.

"Young people don't watch real news shows like this one," Obama quipped about "The Colbert Report," which follows the format of a traditional news program.

"They watch comedy shows. And I just don't see the president going on one of those. They're beneath his dignity."   Continued...