There are only a few episodes left of The Colbert Report, and host Stephen Colbert is not going out quietly. In fact, he's bringing out the big guns for his swan song, filming his Dec. 8 episode in Washington, D.C. and welcoming none other than President Barack Obama as one of his final guests on the show.
However, President Obama wasn't going to sit back and let Colbert take in all the spotlight either, just because it is one of the last episodes. Oh no. President Obama basically used his Commander-in-Chief powers to eject Colbert from his desk and take over the remainder of his opening news report before sitting down with the host for a lengthy interview in the second half of the show.
"Stephen, you've been taking a lot of shots at my job. I decided I'm going to take a shot at yours," said President Obama right before he sat down at Colbert's special D.C.-decorated desk. The set wouldn't have been complete without portraits of former United States presidents in the background with Colbert's face on them, of course.
If you know anything about The Colbert Report, you know that the character of Stephen Colbert is a rightwing, conservative who has pretty much nothing in common with Obama, other than the fact that they're both men. Since this is a satirical political show, President Obama and his democratic allies are usually the butt of Colbert's jokes. So it was awkward and odd for President Obama to take over Colbert's "The Word" segment, even if he did imbue it with a little more presidential power by renaming it "The Decree."
Yes, reading off Colbert's planned script for the segment, President Obama poked fun at himself (the way he talks, his approval rating, how much he has aged while in office), republican views on Obamacare and technical difficulties with the original Healthcare.gov website. Overall, President Obama looked like he belonged at Colbert's desk, even attempting to raise his eyebrow and say the word "kids" in the style of the titular host.
If I didn't know any better, I would think that President Obama was actually auditioning to replace Colbert when he leaves to lead The Late Show next year. I know Comedy Central already has that figured out with The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore taking over The Colbert Report's time slot, but maybe this could have been an even better solution. Come Jan. 20, 2017, President Obama is going to need something to do, isn't he?
Check out the full segment plus Colbert's interview with President Obama below.