The week of shows, taped a day or two before they are broadcast, are called “Operation Iraqi Stephen : Going Commando.” His guests will include President Obama. President Obama appeared on large television screens telling his general it was time to “cut that man’s hair.” Which is what they did. Colbert, submitted to the regulation military haircut as hundreds of U.S. troops cheered wildly Sunday.
“Think of certain reporters who lose themselves in their own self-importance and accidentally give away troop movements and get kicked out of the country,” he said in a not particularly oblique reference to Geraldo Rivera.
“The best way I can show gratitude is to do my show the best I can and make them laugh,” he said. “If I tried to tailor my material to people in the Army, there’d be two things. A, that’d be patronizing. And B, I’d be wrong.” “It must be nice in Iraq, because some of you keep coming back again and again,” Colbert said.
After the haircut, Colbert ran through the audience, high-fiving the troops as he showed off his new military look. One Army major said that “shaving of the hair is an amazing show of support” that was “very touching.”