*Bill O’Reilly is putting the notes from his Super Bowl interview with President Barack Obama up for auction, suggesting someone should have the chance to own a piece of “journalistic history.”
The Fox News host announced on his program Monday that his handwritten notes from the interview, signed by both him and Obama, were up for auction – with the starting bid at $10,000. The proceeds will benefit the Fischer House, a charity that helps the families of severely wounded veterans. He acknowledged that Obama has been a “tremendous help” in raising money for wounded vets.
If $10,000 is too steep, O’Reilly said for a donation $25 or more to the Fisher House, people will receive a replica copy of the notes.
Not to be outdone, Steven Colbert – fresh from his appearance at the White House State Dinner, where he was seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama – is auctioning off the microwave oven he claimed to have stolen from O’Reilly’s green room during his appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” in 2007. [Scroll down to watch.]
*Two days after breaking a sweat on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Michelle Obama made her second appearance Wednesday on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” and her first as a First Lady.
“The first time you were on my show, you were not the First Lady; now, you are,” host Stephen Colbert told her at the outset of their interview. “That’s called the Colbert Bump.”
Mrs. Obama was there to discuss the one-year anniversary of her Joining Forces initiative.
“Jill Biden and I started this initiative to make sure that this country, which is a grateful nation, that we make sure that we do whatever we can to honor the service of our veterans, our troops and their families,” she told the host. Of course, faux-conservative that he is, Colbert noted that the initiative’s website had a .gov address, which gave him some pause.
“It makes it sound like Big Government. Is there any way we can help the troops in the private sector?” he asked.
“Absolutely. Our motto is everyone can do something. So this isn’t big government,” Obama answered, no doubt aware that, Colbert’s sarcasm aside, federal involvement would give some people pause. “Government has a role to play, but it can’t do everything.”
*First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. It’ll be her second appearance overall, but her first since entering the White House.
FLOTUS will mark the one-year anniversary of her Joining Forces initiative to recognize, honor and support veterans and military families. The initiative aims to educate, challenge and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure that military families have the support they have earned.
“We are honored that the First Lady is joining us and I trust that the feeling is mutual,” said Colbert in a statement.
Mrs. Obama made her initial appearance on “The Colbert Report,” which also was her first late-night television show appearance, on April 15, 2008 as part of the show’s “Doritos’ Spicy Sweet Pennsylvania Primary Coverage From Chili-Delphia – The City of Brotherly Crunch!” week-long, special coverage of the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary.
*Seemingly refreshed after his power nap earlier in the day, Harry Belafonte continued to promote his memoir with a visit to Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report,” where he performed one of his songs with host Stephen Colbert.
The 84-year-old singer also discussed the meaning behind his classic record “Day O” while plugging his book, My Song.
“I must tell you that that song has an awful lot to do with the events of the day,” said Belafonte. “It’s a work song, a song about people doing grueling work on a plantation.”
Then taking advantage of Belanfonte’s admission that he still sings “on occasion,” Colbert prompted the singer to join him for an abridged rendition of his hit “Jamaica Farewell.”
As for the latest development in his viral catnap, The Huffington Post is now reporting that Belafonte’s audio wasn’t working while awaiting a satellite interview on KBAK in Bakersfield, CA, and he was merely closing his eyes while he waited for his cue. His rep Ken Sunshine told the New York Post earlier that Belafonte was meditating while waiting for the interview.
*Cee-Lo Green performed on “The Colbert Report” Tuesday night, and Stephen Colbert found the perfect way for him to get around network censors with his single “F**k You.”
“As this is a family show, we can’t be dropping the F-bomb,” Colbert said, and suggested Cee-Lo replace the lyric with “something positive.”
After rejecting “beef stew” and other substitutions for the song’s expletive-laden chorus, Cee-Lo agreed to use Colbert’s suggestion of Fox News. Colbert even provided Cee-Lo with a special verse to make the song make more sense:
“I saw you drivin’ ’round town with the girl I love on Fox News/ Didn’t see one politician that wasn’t corrupt on Fox News And I got the blues/ The poor get poorer, the rich get richer. Ain’t that some sh**? (Ain’t that some sh**?) / I’m havin’ pains in my chest because I’m so stressed from Fox News.”
*There’s an Internet movement afoot to get Comedy Central’s satirical conservative Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial next month to counter Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” gathering.
The event has been dubbed “Restoring Truthiness” and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party’s rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own “Colbert Nation.”
The post gained traction and now has its own website and Facebook group with over 8,000 members. Aside from being a satire of Beck’s rally, the petition claims the rally is necessary because, “Recently our nation has suffered a truthiness drain.”
Truthiness, a word straight from the mind of Colbert, is a “truth” that a person claims to know intuitively ”from the gut” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination or facts. Colbert first spoke it as the subject of a “Colbert Report” segment called “The Wørd,” applying it particularly to U.S. President George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The colbertrally.com website gives a history of the newly founded movement, with links to news stories and a poster for the rally, which proposes the date “10/10/10.” The website also states: “Restoring Truthiness is a true grassroots movement propelled by YOU, the citizens of the internetz. Our goal is simple: Petition Stephen Colbert to hold a Restoring Truthiness Rally for the American people.”
Colbert is on vacation, but returns to host “The Colbert Report” next week.
Those interested in furthering the movement have been asked to join the Facebook group, spread the word, or email email@example.com for more information.