Stephen Colbert: The First Lady of France?

McClatchy Washington BureauFebruary 13, 2014 


U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes French President Francois Hollande during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 11, 2014.


The host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report says he got an unexpected honor at Tuesday's State Dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande -- he's now the First Lady of France.

That's because Hollande arrived without a date (thanks to le scandal) -- and Colbert was seated next to first lady Michelle Obama -- a perch traditionally reserved for the spouse of the visiting head of state.

"Merci, merci," he said, as his staff pelted him with roses. "Such a grande honor."

He said his first lady initiatives will include reviving the guillotine and that his Colbert Report will remain unchanged -- but that "the show will now be made with more butter."

"I gotta tell you it was a magical evening," Colbert said of the dinner, displaying his White House invite -- with the seal and "a solid gold tassle -- you can melt that down."

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