Michelle Obama on 'The Colbert Report': Did she get the best of him? (+video)
In an appearance on 'The Colbert Report,' Michelle Obama scored points for military families and her husband's presidency, while lobbing gentle zingers at Stephen Colbert.
First lady Michelle Obama appeared on “The Colbert Report” last night, in case you missed it by watching playoff hockey. It’s the first anniversary of her "Joining Forces" initiative to support military families, which is why faux conservative funnyman Stephen Colbert booked her. How’d she do? Comedy can be a dangerous thing, after all. Sometimes it’s best left to professionally trained forces.Skip to next paragraph
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We think she did fine. That would be no surprise – at this point Mrs. Obama is a seasoned guest star. She’s even been on “iCarly,” which is the “Meet the Press” of Nickelodeon tweener shows. She had no problem hitting the three goals of success for politicians appearing on basic cable:
STAY ON MESSAGE. The first lady gave a graceful speech about the importance of supporting military families. “Jill Biden and I started this initiative to make sure this country, which is a grateful nation, does whatever it can to honor our veterans and their families,” she said.
She noted that unemployment rates for veterans and military spouses are declining, but are still too high.
“These people are bringing skills that actually improve the bottom line,” she said.
Obama notably remained unfazed when Mr. Colbert said that he had served in Iraq for a week, and considered himself a veteran, “which is why I hired myself for this show.”
PLAY THE GOOD SPORT. Colbert’s character on his show is right-wingish, so he brought up that the whole "Joining Forces" thing sounded like big government, especially because its website ended with “dot gov.” Obama deflected this comment like a pro: first by denying the premise, then shifting to answer the question in the way she’d have wanted him to frame it, by saying that, yes, everybody needs to help veterans, from government to businesses big and small.
Colbert segued out of this by saying that hiring a veteran could have the added benefit of shutting people up.
“He’ll really make the inter-office complaining sound trivial,” said Colbert.