Rep. Walberg (R-7) defends his comparison of Baghdad to Detroit

From the Battle Creek

“Colbert Report” spoofs Walberg
Susan J. Demas
The Enquirer

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg was mocked Thursday on “The Colbert Report,” a stinging satire of news talkfests on Comedy Central.

Host Stephen Colbert did a sarcastic segment saying the U.S. troop surge in Iraq was working.

“The fact is, Baghdad is in great shape,” he said. “Like Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg said last week, ‘In many places, it’s as safe and cared for as Detroit’.”

After flashing a picture of Walberg, R-Tipton, Colbert paused for audience laughter.

“That’s the way you represent the people of Michigan,” Colbert said. “Those tourism dollars must be pouring in.”

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Walberg has defended his comments comparing Iraq to Detroit and Harvey, Ill., saying this week that “no apology is necessary.”

The freshman lawmaker has said he was acting as a spokesperson for U.S. troops.

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Mr. Congressman, I’m not totally sure, but I don’t think that’s the kind of spokesperson the troops would have chosen, had they been asked.

In case you missed it, here’s the segment the article referred to:


  1. GlennBecksATool says:

    How do these people get elected?

  2. they rely on people not actually listening to them…

  3. TheLakeEffect says:

    Remember when I said this?

    We’re all tired of “Detroit is a hellhole” jokes.

    I’ll say it again. I CALLED IT.

  4. Truth Warrior says:

    That was hilarious and to thin i actually used to admire Sen. McCain lmao! and the Disney bit was classic.

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