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The Colbert Rapport

Sunday, April 30, 2006

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.

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