Obama Takes Colbert's Chair

Hosts Colbert Report segment before interview
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2014 7:21 AM CST

Stephen Colbert's guest last night came for more than just an interview—he decided to take over the host chair, CNN reports. President Obama performed "The Word," a segment during which Colbert typically comments on an issue while jokes appear on the side of the screen. "You've been taking a lot of shots at my job; I've decided to take a shot at yours," Obama told the host. "How hard can this be?" Given the show's presidential nature, "The Word" became "The Decree."

"As you know, I, Stephen Colbert, have never cared for our president," Obama said. "That guy is so arrogant. I bet he talks about himself in the third person." He took shots at the Republicans ("Mitch McConnellCare" might have a website called "Walk-It-Off.gov") as well as himself (HealthCare.gov might have inspired the movie Frozen) before sitting down for an actual interview with Colbert, who asked about the president's moves on immigration. Despite Colbert's assertion that Obama was now an "emperor," Obama said that his executive action on the matter was "scrupulously within the law." "What we know is that the best thing America has going for it is immigration," he noted. (More President Obama stories.)

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