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President Obama Visits Colbert Report, Takes Over 'The Word' (Video)

| by Sean Kelly

President Barack Obama surprised Colbert Report audience members last night when he appeared on the show not only as a guest, but also to take over Stephen Colbert’s long-running segment “The Word.”

“Stephen, you’ve been taking lots of shots at my job,” the President said after he entered the stage in Washington, D.C., where Colbert was doing a special week of shows in preparation for the series finale on Dec. 18. “I decided I’m going to take a shot at yours.”

From there, Obama took Colbert’s place at his desk, saying that he was going to do Colbert’s ‘Word,' only adding a presidential twist by renaming it 'The Decree.'

“Nation,” Obama said at the start of the segment, “as you know, I, Stephen Colbert, have never cared for our President. That guy is so arrogant. I bet he talks about himself in the third person.”

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The segment continued with the President often poking fun at himself and his own presidency, even at one point referring to the infamous Healthcare.gov debacle as “where Disney got the idea for ‘Frozen.'” Most importantly, however, Obama used his time to highlight the advantages of Obamacare, as the screen humorously displayed that the only thing Republicans didn't like about the plan was the "Obama" part, not the healthcare plan itself.

When Colbert returned to set to interview Obama, the conversation turned to the economy, immigration and healthcare, and the President even shed some light on his family life outside of his role as leader of the free world. “When I go home, Michelle, Malia and Sasha give me a hard time,” Obama said. “There are no trumpets, and they tease me mercilessly for my big ears or my stodgy suits."

On the subject of the improving economy, Colbert took a stab at the recent change in Secretary of Defense. “You've employed a lot of people,” Colbert said. “Mostly as secretary of defense."

“Well, that boosted our numbers a bit,” Obama said in response.

The interview also touched on government gridlock, the Keystone XL pipeline and the midterm elections, but Colbert’s final question ended the show on a much lighter note. When the outgoing host asked the President if he could tell him if there was a 5 in the nuclear launch codes, Obama responded with a deadpanned “no.”

Here's Obama's interview segment with Colbert:

Source: USAToday / Photo Credit: foxnews.com