US President Barack Obama showed his funny side when he slipped into the role of late night talk show host Stephen Colbert. He made an appearance on the comedian’s satirical program and he was poking fun at himself.
"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.
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."
Once Colbert returned to the stage the show got back to its normal question answer mode.
He pushed Obama to rate himself as a great or "the greatest" president. Obama demurred.
When Colbert highlighted the president's positive job creation record, he joked that Obama had provided a lot of employment for secretaries of defense.
"That's boosted our numbers a little bit," Obama replied, appearing unamused.
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