Colbert broadcast his final show from Iraq last night and in it George W. Bush gave a "shout-out" to the troops, saying:
"Laura and I send our greetings to our servicemen and women. Your achievements in Iraq have earned you a special place in American history. You are men and women of great courage and endurance and that's gonna come in handy: I've sat through Stephen's stuff before."
His final quip is an obvious reference to the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner in which Colbert took searing shots at Bush over his handling of Katrina, the war in Iraq and his energy policy. He also mocked the president's approval rating saying:
"Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32 percent approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in 'reality'. And reality has a well-known liberal bias."
All week long, Colbert has broadcast politicians' messages to the troops. Senator Jim Webb, President Clinton, President George W. Bush, President Obama, Laura Bush, Vice President Biden, among others sent their best wishes and varyingly successful attempts at humor to the servicemen and women in Iraq.