Clinton appears on the 'Colbert Report'

April 18, 2008 9:48:27 AM PDT
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton played up her image as a tireless problem solver - this time for laughs - when she visited Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Thursday night. The Democratic presidential candidate emerged just as host Stephen Colbert, broadcasting from the University of Pennsylvania ahead of the state's primary Tuesday, was lamenting that he had no technicians to repair the lost signal on his giant rear projector screen.

"Are you telling me there is no one in this theater who can fix the mess we're in?" Colbert cried out.

"I can," Clinton said as she strolled onstage. She questioned an assistant about technical specifics before figuring out the problem. Then she called out a makeup artist to take care of Colbert's shiny forehead.

"Wow, Senator Clinton, you are so prepared for any situation!" Colbert exclaimed. "I just don't know how to thank you enough." "I just love solving problems. Call me any time," Clinton replied. "Call me at 3 a.m."

She exited without ever sitting down - exactly two minutes after she had entered.

"I'm sure she left her cell phone number," Colbert quipped. Backstage, Clinton shared a private chat with her old rival John Edwards, who also was appearing on the program. Clinton aides wouldn't divulge what they discussed during the brief meeting.

Edwards has declined so far to endorse either Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic primary race - an endorsement that would be welcome ahead of the May 6 primary in the 2004 vice presidential nominee's home state of North Carolina.

Obama also was scheduled to appear on "The Colbert Report" but via tape from North Carolina, where he was campaigning.