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Stephen Colbert brings back old character for a final farewell to Obama

Thanks, Obama.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Jan 20, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 4:15 am CDT

Stephen Colbert felt like he couldn’t do justice to President Barack Obama’s legacy, so he handed it off to someone who could: “Stephen Colbert.”

He can’t legally bring his Colbert Report character to The Late Show, but he’s gotten around that by calling the character—the other other Stephen Colbert—his “identical twin cousin.” He settles in with a gleeful Werd segment decreeing the end of Obama, but he can’t keep up the act for long. No matter which Colbert we’re truly seeing at the desk, he’ll miss this president.

“I know the Constitution says you have to go, but I will miss you,” Colbert said. “You were a worthy adversary. You were a leader of vision, patience, dignity, passion, and humanity. And it really felt good fighting for the opposite of all those things.”

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*First Published: Jan 20, 2017, 11:48 am CST