On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert announced his candidacy for president on his Comedy Central program, The Colbert Report. Before making his announcement he was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and satirized the coyness of real presidential candidates when Stewart asked him questions relating to this impending announcement. Usually, I do not find Colbert funny. I understand that he is playing a character, but the ultra-conservative media pundit he plays seems too static. Colbert's interview on the Daily Show was an exception. I tend to be pretty politically aware of the happenings in our Country, so I found his mockery of the presidential candidates very entertaining.
Colbert's announcement comes at an interesting time. He is in the middle of a publicity tour promoting his new book, "I Am America (And So Can You!)." Although it is unclear how long Colbert plans on stretching his impression of a candidate, the announcement is most likely a publicity stunt.
Interestingly, an official website has been set up for supporters to find out more information on his White House bid.
Even though I find this fake story funny, if Stephen Colbert was elected president, the world would be in some real trouble.
Official Colbert '08 Website