I, Stephen Colbert, promise faithfully to, I mean faithfully prom– F#!k it! Colbert Report!”
O Say Can O See: “Tonight: It’s Obama’s first day, and the economy is still in the toilet. Some change!”
- President Yo-Yo Ma
- Election 2012: Change’s Revenge
- Guest via satellite: NBC Political Director Chuck Todd
Trademarked for Death: “And I talk about copyright infringement. Incidentally, I’ve trademarked the phrase ‘copyright infringement.’”
- Stephen’s Remix Challenge
Who’s on Verse?: “And, my guest Elizabeth Alexander was the poet at yesterday’s inauguration. I’m gonna give her an Ezra Pounding.”
- Interview with Elizabeth Alexander
THE COLBERT BUMP – YOU’RE GETTING IT:
Elizabeth Alexander – Praise Song for the Day: A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration
In closing: “Well, that’s it for the show everybody. Good night.”
Stephen’s Remix Challenge
Stephen does not — not — want you to take his interview with Lawrence Lessig and remix it with a pumping k-hole groove.
NOTABLE MOMENTS — Video links and more after the fold!
More Video Highlights, courtesy of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report website
- Full Episode Guide – 01/21/2009
- Intro: It’s Obama’s first day and the economy’s still in the toilet — some change.
- President Yo-Yo Ma: Barack Obama’s bungled oath of office could have a huge impact on who Fox News thinks is president.
- Election 2012 – Chuck Todd: Chuck Todd predicts who will take the Republican nomination in 2012.
- Elizabeth Alexander: Elizabeth Alexander explains to Stephen the difference between a metaphor and a lie.
- Good Night: Stephen says good night.
- Someone was just goosed with an icepick.
- There is nothing worse than showing emotions that you haven’t planned in advance.
- Turns out, Barack Obama’s first act as Commander-in-Chief was to bungle Chief Justice Roberts’ perfectly reasonable attempt to rewrite the oath of office. [Clip of Chief Justice Roberts and Barack Obama bobbling the words to the oath] Just say it the way he said it! He is Justice Chief of the Court Supreme!
- We all know what sticklers conservatives are for obeying the Constitution to the letter. With the exception of these letters. [H-A-B-E-A-S-C-O-R-P-U-S]
- This past Novemeber, friend of the show Mike Huckabee visited both Cedar Rapids, IA and Des Moines, IA to promote his new book, Do the Right Thing, which is already a major motion picture [clip of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, Radio Raheem teaches Mookie about Love and Hate]. That is Huckabee and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, back when DeLay still had his fade.
- The Iowa caucuses, folks, are just 1,076 days away so let’s check our leader board [insert: Jeb Bush 0%, Sarah Palin 0%, Huckabee 0%, Romney 0%] it is all tied up! This race is too close to call!
- From the Chuck Todd interview:
- Stephen: Gun to your head: Mitt Romney, yes or no?
Chuck Todd: About his looks?
Stephen: Come on… gun to your head?
Chuck Todd: [...] History says, Mitt Romney will be the nominee in 2012.
Stephen: So I’ll take that as a yes.
- Stephen: If you’re a Republican and you’re not in the race by now, haven’t you missed the boat?
Chuck Todd: You–you… I know that’s supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, but –
Stephen: It’s not, it’s not. The tongue is someplace else.
- Stephen: Should some people just start running for 2016 or 2020? We could have campaigns stacked up like airplanes over LaGuardia.
- Stephen: That’s pretty racist! You’re saying that the Republicans are gonna get clobbered by African Americans? Doesn’t that just feed into that “we should be afraid of black people”? I can’t believe that you just said that!
Chuck Todd: Oh, great. So this is my last day at NBC news. My first and last day, I will turn in my pass. Thank you very much. G’night.
Stephen: We’re gonna let you go, we know it’s about 8 degrees there, and we don’t want that goatee to snap off your face like a graham cracker.
- By the way, if anyone’s interested, I have an airplane hangar full of Miami Sound Machine. The rhythm is gonna getcha.
- I don’t know what makes me angrier here. The copyright infringment, or the fact that those beats were so jaw-droppin’, ear-poppin’ fresh!
- Now let me be very clear here! I do not not want you to take my interview with Lawrence Lessig, and remix it with a pumpin’ k-hole groove! Nor do I want you to remix excerpts from my book. Particularly Chapter 7 entitled “Homosexuals.” Which is full of sound bites that would set fire to any disco dance floor.
- I’m warning you! My lawyers sue by the s-s-s-syllable.
- My guest tonight read her poem at yesterday’s inauguration. I’ll ask her how many of her poems can be sung by cats.
- From the Elizabeth Alexander interview:
- Stephen: I have a general question about poetry, something that worries me. Poems aren’t true, are they? They’re made up, right? Because I just, I recently read this thing called “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” which is about a guy who’s like in his mid-forties like I am, and he’s facing his mortality, and he’s got a sense that no matter what he’s achieved in his life, he’s never really gonna be great. That’s um — that’s not true, right? That’s not true.
Elizabeth Alexander: It’s not true in the sense that the newspaper is true –
Stephen: Well, the newspaper is never true. Have you read the New York Times?
- Stephen: He says “I’ve heard the mermaids singing each to each; I do not think they sing to me.” They’re still singing to me though, aren’t they?
Elizabeth Alexander: They are if you want them to be.
Elizabeth Alexander: (Comfortingly) I know. I know.
- Stephen: What’s the difference between a metaphor and a lie?
- Stephen: Why don’t you just go, go — say what you mean, instead of dressing things up in all this flowery language, like the great Romantic poets, you know, uh… “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” Why not just say “You’re hot, let’s do it!”
- Stephen: I got a mountain in my pants, and that is not a metaphor! That is not a lie!
Elizabeth Alexander: But that’s a metaphor!
Stephen: No, it’s not! It’s not, lady. It is not at all.
Elizabeth Alexander: Hoooooooo! (fans self)
- Stephen: And you call it an occasional poem. What is an occasional poem? A sometimes poem?
- Stephen: If poetry is in some way about economy of language, could I suggest a poem that might have gotten to the heart of it a little quicker?
Elizabeth Alexander: Please do, please.
Stephen: Hickory dickory dock, we elected a guy named Barack.
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