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"Stephen Colbert shaves head for US troops in Iraq (swipe)"


          

this is going to be interesting. Can't wait.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090608/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_tv_colbert_in_iraq

Stephen Colbert shaves head for US troops in Iraq

By KIM GAMEL, Associated Press Writer Kim Gamel, Associated Press Writer – Mon Jun 8, 7:44 am ET

BAGHDAD – It's official. Stephen Colbert has declared victory in the war in Iraq. But the top U.S. commander in the country says not so fast.

Colbert, wearing a camouflage suit and tie, brought "The Colbert Report" — Comedy Central's political satire in which he plays a conservative TV pundit — to hundreds of U.S. troops at Camp Victory, the U.S. military headquarters on the western edge of Baghdad.

He drew rousing applause from the uniformed audience when he poked fun at the fact that many of them have been deployed to Iraq multiple times and could end up in Afghanistan as soon as the U.S. effort there accelerates.

"It must be nice here in Iraq because I understand some of you keep coming back again and again," he said during the taping of the first show on Sunday. "You've earned so many frequent flyer miles, you've earned a free ticket to Afghanistan."

But the loudest roars came when his first guest, Gen. Ray Odierno, accepted a videotaped order from President Barack Obama to shave Colbert's head.

The towering, bald general started the job with an electric razor, although a stylist finished it off.

The back-and-forth was humorous, but it took on serious undertones as Colbert sought to cast a spotlight on the declining attention paid to the 6-year-old war in Iraq.

Colbert, who traveled to Iraq from Kuwait on Friday on board a military transport plane, has said he was spurred to make the trip when he noticed economic news coverage eclipsing reports from Baghdad.

The four shows, which were being taped in the domed marble hall at Saddam Hussein's former Al Faw Palace, will air Monday through Thursday next week at 11:30 p.m. EDT.

Claiming the war must be over because nobody's talking about it anymore, Colbert invoked the power of cable television to "officially declare we won the Iraq war."

He offered a list of successes and commentary to bolster his point.

They included finding weapons of mass destruction, which was deemed "easier than we thought," and telling the troops that President Barack Obama should deploy them to the struggling General Motors.

However, his first guest, Odierno, disagreed the war has ended.

"We're not quite ready to declare victory," he said. "Things are moving forward but again, it's about bringing long-term stability."

Colbert, who sat at a desk propped up by sandbags painted to simulate an American flag, responded by asking Odierno if he can bring long-term stability to the United States when he's done in Iraq.

He also joked about the economic crisis, congratulating a soldier in the audience who recently got his college degree while serving in Iraq for being the lone 2009 graduate with a job.

Colbert has promoted the trip for weeks but because the military urged caution, he only trumpeted a vague trip to "the Persian Gulf."

He showed a clip claiming he himself didn't know his destination until he got off the plane and somebody threw a shoe at him. That was a reference to a December news conference at which an Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at then-President George W. Bush.

He also made fun of himself with a previously taped skit that showed him arriving at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in a stretch limousine for a "the full 10 hours" of basic training, which included him struggling to do push-ups and sit-ups.

Odierno later told him he had too much hair to be a soldier, prompting the crewcut.

"Definitely the highlight was seeing him sacrifice his hair," said Spc. Ryan MacLeod, 35, of Greenville, South Carolina.

Former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain also made a surprise appearance in a videoclip in which he thanked the troops for their service and reminded them to clean their muskets.

Celebrities have frequently traveled to Iraq to entertain the troops. But the series of half-hour shows — dubbed "Operation Iraqi Stephen: Going Commando" — mark the first time anyone has broadcast a taped show from Iraq from a tour intended to entertain U.S. troops.

USO senior official John Hanson said the production faced a major setback when a sandstorm grounded the crew on Saturday, forcing it to cancel plans for an outing.

Both the character Colbert (silent "t") and the real Colbert (pronounced "t"), a Catholic family man, are ardent supporters of the troops. He has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Yellow Ribbon Fund (a charity that assists injured service members and their families), and he's a board member of DonorsChoose.org, which is raising money for the education of children of parents in the military.

The trip came about when former Assistant Secretary of Defense Bing West suggested it after an interview last July on "The Colbert Report." The show sent about 30 production workers, about a third of the show's regular staff, to Iraq.

Troops in the audience said they enjoyed Colbert's equal opportunity humor.

"I especially appreciate the fact that he could make fun of both sides and you'd learn something and you'd laugh," said Chaplain Lt. Col. Barbara Sherer, 52, from Springfield, Missouri.

  

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i think that's dope as fuck
Jun 08th 2009
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props
Jun 08th 2009
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interesting
Jun 08th 2009
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When he went on Bill O'Reilly a couple years back
Jun 08th 2009
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this was cool of him
Jun 08th 2009
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Major props to Steven.
Jun 08th 2009
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He's picking up where Bob Hope left off
Jun 08th 2009
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man the soldiers were fired up for that. good for him.
Jun 08th 2009
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that's awesome
Jun 08th 2009
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That was a really cool episode
Jun 09th 2009
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absolutely brilliant episode
Jun 09th 2009
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watched it last night. was too good.
Jun 09th 2009
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Has Hannity, Limbaugh or O'reilly been to Iraq?
Jun 10th 2009
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to be fair, i don't think they would be allowed to go
Jun 10th 2009
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different shows should do this once a month
Jun 10th 2009
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Been watching all week. It's been great.
Jun 12th 2009
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Stewart has sent correspndents there
Jun 12th 2009
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Bush hasn't made one appearence since leaving office
Jun 13th 2009
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Jay Doz
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1. "i think that's dope as fuck"
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3. "interesting"
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>Both the character Colbert (silent "t") and the real Colbert
>(pronounced "t")

I never knew this.

The latest Newsweek is guest edited by him and pertains to Iraq from the soldier's and the family of soldiers from what I glimpsed during lunch. The cover of the mag is interesting as well.

  

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4. "When he went on Bill O'Reilly a couple years back"
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5. "this was cool of him"
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7. "He's picking up where Bob Hope left off"
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Providing more entertainment for the troops.

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10. "That was a really cool episode"
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If you missed it, dl it on itunes, all the proceeds from itunes downloads of this week's shows go to the USO.

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http://www.hulu.com/watch/76566/the-colbert-report-mon-jun-8-2009

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Colbert is slowly takin over the world.

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15. "to be fair, i don't think they would be allowed to go"
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since they're explicitly political. then again, i know al franken went a bunch of times, so i'm not sure exactly where that line is.

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the troops seem really happy.

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16. "Been watching all week. It's been great."
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Jon Stewart needs to head over there.


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17. "Stewart has sent correspndents there"
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at least when Riggle was still on Daily Show, i remember him doing a week of reports. It's not the same as a full week of SHOWS, but still.

  

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18. "Bush hasn't made one appearence since leaving office"
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And he pops up on, of all places, the Colbert Report?

  

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