The Colbert Report

Season 4 Episode 49

Michelle Obama

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Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Apr 15, 2008 on Comedy Central
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Tonight Stephen welcomes the wife of Presidential candidate Barack Obama, Michelle Obama.

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      • Stephen: ….which brings us to tonight's Word: Tradition: Now folks, personally, I love being condescended to. And so to the wonderful people of Pennsylvania!!! Go Sixers, Flyers, Phillies and Eagles! Whoo! But Obama's comment proves he's out of touch with ordinary people. People like reluctant multi-millionaire Hillary Clinton. She understands that guns and religion are proud family traditions that are handed down from generation to generation.

        [Video: Hillary Clinton: You know, my dad took me up behind to cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola, outside of Scranton, and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl.]

        Stephen: Dick Cheney has a similar story, only it ends with him shooting his father in the face. (Department of Justice said it was okay) In fact the only tradition older is the great American political tradition of condescending to voters. (Still not as old as McCain) My problem is not that Senator Obama condescended, it's that he did it the wrong way. This is how you do it.: Sucking down pizza, raising the roof, eating Huckburgers and shaving old men. That gives voters like me the sense that the candidates are just like me. (Stephen shaves old men) The sad part is Senator Obama showed such promise in the past, [clip of Obama feeding a cow] look at him, completely out of his personal narrative, feeding a cow. But he delivered it with pitch perfect pandering. Bravo! (Stephen pandering to opera buffs?) But this new "bitter" statement is classic Obama. All condescension with flowery words, no condescension's with actions. You really want to make a scene like you're going to make jobs come back? Then at least make an effort once every four years to put on a hardhat and get photographed pulling a factory lever. (Unless lever pulling outsourced to India) And maybe people are bitter with the failure of their government, but isn't the best way to get that taste out of their mouth is with a pancake breakfast? (Mrs. Butterworth below the poverty line)

        This whole controversy just reminds people that Barack Obama may not have the experience to be the condescender in chief. Look how uncomfortable he is pretending to like bowling. On the other hand look how comfortable Hillary is pretending to be comfortable. Senator Clinton can condescend the right way because Senator Clinton is not an elitist, she understands that you have to respect the American people. Unless the American people want Barack Obama in which case you really got to have the superdelegates decide. Somebody's got to save us from those rubes. (Tradition)

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