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Obama jabs at Healthcare.gov on 'Colbert Report'

The president takes over Stephen Colbert's "The Word" segment and turns it into "The Decree." He squeezes in a crack about LinkedIn while he's at it.

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No joke was spared when it came to the health care website. Comedy Central screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The same government that supposedly raised much of its support on the Web then managed to make a spectacular mess of its own health care website.

How could President Obama not joke about it when he appeared on last night's "Colbert Report"?

Not content with answering quasi-serious questions from his host, the president took over Stephen Colbert's "The Word" segment. Naturally, he gave it a more presidential title: "The Decree."

He was supposedly reading words originally prepared for the Bill O'Reilly clone. And so it was that Obama said of himself: "The guy is so arrogant I bet he talks about himself in the third person."


Still, he said, Obamacare is becoming quite popular despite Republican opposition. "How do you stop something that more and more people are starting to like?" Obama asked. A caption next to his face then read: "Move it to CBS" -- which is what is happening with Colbert himself, as he replaces late-night icon David Letterman.

The only solution is to make signing up for Obamacare truly unattractive to young people, Obama opined. Then another caption appeared: "Send request via LinkedIn."

Of course, there's always the idea that young people could be reminded that last year's rollout of Healthcare.gov was "a little bumpy," aka an event of almost entertaining incompetence.

The president said he even suspects that the original Healthcare.gov site is "where Disney got the idea for 'Frozen.'"

The only problem the president has left, he said of himself in the third person, is how to explain to kids that the new site actually works.

"Tattoo it on Taylor Swift," read the highly intelligent caption at his side.

That might cost an arm and a very long leg.