'Surprise guest' Stephen Colbert says Congress 'less popular than colonoscopies'
Washington, Feb 9 : American political satirist and actor Stephen Colbert, who was the surprise guest at the annual House Democratic retreat on Friday and took part in a question and answer session with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said Congress is less popular than colonoscopies in the country.
According to a source in the room, who requested anonymity, Pelosi introduced Colbert's character as someone who considers himself 'a dyed in the wool conservative' modeled after conservative show host Bill O'Reilly, and then she then tried to convince Colbert to become a Democrat, the Huffington Post reports.
Pelosi told Colbert governor Nikki Haley rejected you, referring to the South Carolina governor denying his Senate bid in that state last year.
Pelosi added they would welcome Colbert with open arms.
Colbert then ran out on stage and received a standing ovation. Staying in character, he gave formal remarks from a podium. The meeting was closed to the press, the paper added.
According to a source, Colbert told lawmakers that Republicans' loss in November has them soul searching, whether or not they have souls.
On the issue of whether House Democrats will win back the House in 2014, Colbert said he's not sure Americans care either way.
Colbert than said Congress is less popular than colonoscopies, but just edging out meth labs and gonorrhea, as ironically, they are the last things they make in the United States.
Colbert described his relationship with Pelosi as being 'best frenemies'. He said they have disagreed in the past, and today, they will disagree in the future, the paper reported.