"I think his testimony was not appropriate," House Majority Leader
Hoyer's position contrasted with that of House Speaker
"Of course I think it's appropriate," Pelosi told reporters on Friday "He's an American, right? He comes before the committee, has a point of view, he can bring attention to an important issue like immigration."
"I think it's great," Pelosi added.
Colbert, who parodies a generic self-important right
wing talk show host for his nightly show on Comedy Central, "The
Colbert Report," testified in character, doling out the same sort of
acerbic barbs that drew both praise and criticism when he eviscerated
the news media and President
"His actions are a good example of how using both levity and fame, a media figure can bring attention to a critically important issue for the good of the nation," Lofgren said as she opened the hearing into a bill that would legalize undocumented field workers.
When it came time for his testimony, Colbert offered to submit a video of his colonoscopy into the congressional record as evidence that produce is "a necessary source of roughage."
As for the labor pool, "this is America," the
comedian said. "I don't want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it
picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a
Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian. Because my
great-grandfather did not travel across 4,000 miles of the
Still, "after working with these men and women picking beans, packing corn for hours on end, side by side in the unforgiving sun, I have to say — and I do mean this sincerely — please don't make me do this again," Colbert added. "It is really, really hard."
"Maybe this AgJobs bill would help," he concluded. "I don't know. Like most members of Congress, I haven't read it."
Republicans also were not amused, saying the
performance was particularly inappropriate at a time of 10 percent
unemployment and widespread economic pain. Subcommittee member Rep.
Hoyer said Colbert's testimony was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House.
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