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Stephen Colbert Riffs On Obama's Fallon Stint

The late-night appearance was a "pathetically successful ploy to be appealing."

Friday, Apr 27, 2012  |  Updated 5:54 AM CDT
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Stephen Colbert Riffs On Obama's Fallon Stint

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Stephen Colbert meets his interviewing match when Fresh Air host Terry Gross joins him for the "Colbert Report."

On Thursday's edition of "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert tackled President Obama's much-hyped Tuesday appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." 

The appearance, in Colbert's mind, was Obama's attempt to recapture the hearts and minds of young people, a key demographic that helped carry then-Senator Obama to victory in the 2008 presidential contest.

Back then, Colbert said, Obama "had the kids in the palm of his hand." But since then, Colbert joked, "Mister Fresh-Faced Hopey-Changey" has "become Old Grey-Hair Grandpa [who] didn't close Gitmo" in the eyes of young voters.

Colbert mock-attacked Obama's Fallon stint as "a pathetically successful ploy to be appealing."

Many of the pundits at Fox News took less ironic jabs at the President for his late-night gig, which Colbert's crack video team assembled into a montage.

Ultimately, Colbert joked, the allegiance of young people in Decision 2012 will come down to one factor: "Who do I like: the guy I like or the guy I don't like?"

Check out the full segment below via Comedy Central:

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