Colbert to Grads: English Is God’s Language
Posted on Jun 5, 2006
As the commencement speaker for a small Illinois college, satirist Stephen Colbert told the graduates, ?God wrote [the Bible] in English for a reason: So it could be taught in our public schools.?
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At the close of his commencement speech before 250 graduates (and 4000 others) at tiny Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. on Saturday, satirist Stephen Colbert left them with a piece of advice: Get your own TV show. ?It pays well,” he observed, “the hours are great and you have fans. Eventually, some nice people will give you an honorary degree for doing jack squat.?
This advice could be crucial, for earlier he had observed: “I don’t know if they’ve told you what’s been happening in the world while you’ve been matriculating. The world is waiting for you people with a club….They are playing for KEEPS out there, folks.”
Colbert, who slipped in and out of his rightwing blowhard TV persona on Comedy Central?s ?The Colbert Report,? received an overwhelmingly positive response compared with the mixed reaction at the recent White House Correspondents Dinner. Afterward, students presented him with a purple ?Veritasiness Tour? t-shirt (which translates, very roughly, as ?truthiness?).
Stephen Colbert delivers the 2006 commencement address at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.