Stephen Colbert is one of those people who will go on to be remembered as one of the most important voices of his time. How important, exactly? In a write-up of his interview with the President of the United States, Stephen’s name was the very first word of the first line of the first paragraph. THAT important.
Of course, there are those who will argue that the President is pretty important, too. And we’d concede the point, if only on the basis that he has the nuclear launch codes. Codes which even Stephen couldn’t get him to give up. But he did give up some perspective on a few other things. We did a separate article on his taking over The Word (now The Decree) from Stephen, but Barack HUSSEIN Obama apparently wasn’t finished talking.
Later in the segment, they talked about the mid-terms, presidential power, and the Keystone XL Pipeline.
First, just to clarify, Stephen asked this:
“Are you still the president after the mid-terms?”
Obama responded, very nearly saying what was really on his mind.
“The election didn’t go as it…uh…didn’t go as I’d have lined.” He added, laughing “Little thought bubble there.”
He then asked for a show of hands on who voted. “Fess up,” he said. A good portion of the room raised its hands; meaning either there were a lot of liars there, or that was every single voting democrat east of Tuscaloosa.
Stephen brought up the November jobs reports, which turned out higher numbers for the month than at any point since the Clinton administration. Something which Stephen laments didn’t happen before the mid-terms; and he passed that lament onto Obama with a dig of his own.
“I’ll give it to you, you’ve employed a lot of people—mostly as secretary of defense.”
Obama, visibly a bit irked, countered with “Yeah, that boosted our numbers a little.”
Stephen dug a little deeper, quipping that while running for president in 2008, Obama critisized Bush for having invested too much power in the presidency. But…
“You seem to have a whole lot of power. Does that happen to every president, where you get into the office and you think ‘oh, you know what, I might be the only one I trust with this much power so I’ll hold onto it?”
Obama replied that there was always a temptation, for every president, to just bypass gridlock and get things done that they needed or wanted to get done. But despite that, he preferred to have congress pass the laws and do things so he didn’t have to use his executive power.
When asked about the Keystone XL, Obama played it about as cool as he usually does, deferring to the State Department and the many “studies” currently underway to determine the pipeline’s environmental and economic impact. He didn’t sy whether he’d pass it or not, but he did call the pipeline out as all but useless for America.
According to Obama, it’s only really going to benefit Canadian oil companies. “It’s Canadian oil, passing through America to be sold overseas.” The jobs it created, even short term, seemed fairly negligible.