It was a sad, yet funny evening on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night.Â In an almost surreal show, Colbert had to pay his final tribute to Barack Obama.Â And he did it in the only and best way he know how: by bringing a little bit of the Colbert report into his speech.Â While Colbert spends plenty of time giving Donald Trump the business, don’t forget that Colbert spent equal parts time analyzing and ripping on many of the things Obama said.Â Afterall, it’s his job.
But it was only fitting that the late night host whip out some “Colbert Report” antics.Â For complicated legal reasons, Colbert can’t say that this other “Colbert” was the host of The Colbert Report. Instead, as he explained on Thursday night’s show, he’s that Colbert’s “identical twin cousin,” asking, “How many times do I have to scream that at the lawyers?!”
“Well, well, well, at long last our America-hating, secret Muslim, lead-from-behind, terrorist fist-bumping, hopey-changy apologist-in-chief is leaving office.” Which brought him to Thursday night’s “Werd”: “Thanks, Obama.”Â What began as something humorous became heartfelt:
“Obama said he was born in the United States, so we said he wasn’t. Obama said we should save the American auto industry, so we said, let it die. Of course, opposing everything he said sometimes meant abandoning our beliefs. Just take Obamacare – he said it was going to help people, we said that was socialism, even though we know it was based on Romneycare.” “So for the last time – from me, the real Stephen Colbert – I just want to say, thanks, Obama,” he concluded. “And that’s ‘The Werd.’”
You can see the entire segment below: