Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert discussed the phenomenon of celebrity endorsements for politicians, and how the right endorsement can change everything in a political race.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” said Colbert, “We’re only 19 days away from the election, and President Obama’s Hollywood allies are already trying to steal it.”
“He’s been endorsed by everyone,” he said, “From George Clooney to Neil Patrick Harris to Beyoncé and Jay-Z. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Ellen DeGeneres to Stephen DeSpielberg. It’s like an episode of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ except with stars.”
Romney, on the other hand, has been endorsed by Clint Eastwood, Donny and Marie Osmond, “the lady from ‘Northern Exposure’ and, I want to say…Joy Behar’s older sister,” Colbert said, flashing a photo of Gene Simmons, bassist from the rock band Kiss.
“But now, Mitt has picked up the biggest endorsement of all,” he said, a squirrel in South Carolina who chooses to eat from two bowls of nuts, each with photos of presidential candidates on them. In 2008, the squirrel chose the Obama bowl over the McCain bowl, convincing its owners that their squirrel was a prophet.
This year, the “little vermin” prefers the Romney nuts.
“There it is,” said Colbert. “Folks, get used to the term ‘President Romney.’ Mmmm, oh, that leaves a real taste in your mouth. What is that, I think it’s…Romney nuts.”
Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below: