dept. of truthiness
The Colbert Rapport
This weekend's White House Correspondents' Association dinner features comedian Stephen Colbert addressing the very crowd -- President Bush, the journalists who cover him and the celebrities who joined them in Washington -- that he usually skewers on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." But Colbert is no stranger to the comedic potential of the nation's capital. He has interviewed more than a dozen unsuspecting members of Congress for his show's weekly "Better Know a District" segment. A selection of some of Colbert's finer exchanges:
With Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.)
Colbert: What does it feel like to represent California's Canada?
Hooley: I represent Oregon.
Colbert: Right, which is the Canada of California. If you prefer, it is Washington's Mexico, if you want to put it that way.
Hooley: It is a fabulous state to represent.
Colbert: Your state is one of the few that has a medical-marijuana program.
Hooley: We do. It was something that the voters voted on.
Colbert: And you think those voters should just get what they want?
Hooley: Sometimes I disagree with them, but I respect their right and their vote has to count.
Colbert: Are you high right now?
Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.)
Colbert: Did you take any money from Jack Abramoff?
Engel: No, I never met Jack Abramoff.