Senator Barack Obama comments on Stephen Colbert’s commencement speech to Knox College, wondering if he missed Stephen’s convention speech or something:
“Stephen, Congratulations on being asked to speak at the 2006 Knox College Commencement. This is an enormous honor and on behalf of the people of Illinois, I’d like to welcome you to our state. As you know, I was invited to speak at Knox after my keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and subsequent election to the United States Senate. Your convention speech must also have gone really well to have been invited. It’s weird that I didn’t read about it somewhere.
“Before you deliver your remarks in front of literally millions fewer people than you would at say, a nationally televised political convention, I’d like to offer you a few words of advice. First, I know you’re fond of your Peabody Awards, whatever those are, but I’d recommend not bringing them. The students at Knox are down to earth and not impressed by materials possessions like my Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
“Second, use hand sanitizer after the Pumphandle. Lots of germs there. I cannot stress this enough.
“And finally, don’t forget to bring the Truth. I’d recommend putting it in your carry-on bag rather than in your checked luggage. O’Hare Airport is notoriously unreliable.
Apparently, it went pretty well…