First Lady Michelle Obama Visits ‘The Colbert Report’ to Talk Employment Opportunities for Veterans

by Mark Jafar, Viacom

First Lady Michelle Obama visited The Colbert Report Wednesday — her first sitdown with Stephen since he serenaded her in Philadephia a week before the 2008 Pennsylvania Primary.  The First Lady marked the one-year anniversary of Joining Forces, an initiative she developed with Vice President Joe Biden to lower unemployment rates among veterans.

Mrs. Obama spoke of how business leaders are answering the call by hiring veterans and offering flexible work arrangements for veterans’ spouses.  In speaking of the campaign’s effectiveness, the First Lady said, “We’re seeing (unemployement among veterans) decrease at some pretty significant rates.  But, until we get to zero, we still have a lot of work to do.”

Colbert took the opportunity to ask some hard-hitting questions of the First Lady, including one that alluded to a possible Viacom sibling network rivalry:

“As someone who has appeared on both my show and has also appeared on iCarly, which of us do you think has more gravitas as a broadcaster?”  he asked.

Watch the video above for Mrs. Obama’s decidedly diplomatic reply.

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