The Late Show host reviewed Obama’s qualifications on paper as his corporate alter ego, Mustached Randy, while visiting Obama at Carnegie Mellon University. Colbert-Randy noted that fifty-five years old is a tough age to start over and observed that the president hadn’t received any promotions over the past eight years.
“Honestly, there wasn’t a lot of room for advancement in my last job,” said Obama. “The only one with the more powerful position was my wife.”
In addition to Barack’s sweet compliments about his wife on the Late Show, First Lady Michelle Obama was also praised by four prolific figures in the New York Times’ T Magazine‘s “Greats” issue through love letters. The collection included words from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, political activist Gloria Steinem, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham, and actress Rashida Jones.
Jones said of Obama:
“If feminism’s goal is equal opportunity and choice, Michelle makes me feel like every choice is available. You can go to Princeton and Harvard, you can rap with Missy Elliott, you can be a mother and a lawyer and a powerful orator. You can champion the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, while also caring about fashion. You can dance withEllen [DeGeneres] and also fearlessly remind people, on live television, of the reality of your position: ‘I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.'”
Read all four letters over on theNew York Times and watch Colbert’s interview with Obama in the video at the top of the page.