On Thursday, Stephen Colbert announced that President Obama would appear on The Colbert Report on Monday, December 8 — one of Colbert's final guests on his show, which ends its final season 10 days later. Colbert announced the guest appearance, to be filmed at George Washington University in D.C., on his show Thursday night, labeling it "Stephen Colbert Presents: Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington D.C. Ya Later, Legislator; Partisan Is Such Sweet Sorrow: A Colbert Victory Lap.” Ya know, catchy.
The president has already appeared on Colbert's show twice — once, briefly, in 2008, with other Democratic presidential candidates over video feed, and again a year later for a cameo in which he mock-ordered Colbert to shave his head. TIME reports that back in 2010, Obama's then-Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told the magazine that he was wary about the president appearing on Colbert. "I think the President would love to [do The Daily Show], just maybe not Colbert," Gibbs said, prompting a segment on how Obama was too afraid to show up on Colbert.
Announcing the segment, Colbert told viewers Thursday night, "I am so honored to be sitting down with the man who sat down with Bill O'Reilly."
As for likely topics? Phew. Ferguson and Eric Garner are likely contenders, not to mention the $263 million the president wants to fund body cameras and police reform — in other words, to prevent another Ferguson. There's also immigration, Obamacare — and, if we're in luck, whether the president is tipping Hillary Clinton to be his successor. (He's been nothing but fair and effusive about both Clinton and Joe Biden so far, noting publicly that they'd both make "great presidents.")
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