Making shutdownade

Stephen Colbert.  Can I say enough good about him?  In fact, I cannot.  There is so much I like about him.  One of the things I like about him is that he did the following on Day 3 of the shutdown:

  • Invited an engaged couple, whose wedding at the Jefferson Memorial was cancelled due to the shutdown, on to his show;
  • Brought their groomsmen and bridesmaids on the show too;
  • Dressed in a long red robe;
  • Got Mandy Patinkin to sing a “non-denominational Jewish blessing” to the couple;
  • Married the couple– by the power vested in him by the certificate he’d obtained online, and;
  • Got Audra McDonald to sing the couple’s first dance– Billy Idol’s White Wedding.

I just saw this in a rerun tonight.  If you have not seen the whole thing, it’s fun to watch.  The couple is so young and cute!  And there’s even a bit where he calms the bride’s nerves about getting married about on TV.  She carries one of his emmys as her wedding bouquet.  Also, I want the bride’s hair.  The episode is split into 2 parts on colbernation.com.  Due to technical ineptitude/bad luck/both, I can’t figure out how to embed the videos here, so I give you links, and I say unto you: lo, you should click them.

Part 1 of the 2013 Government Shutdown Wedding of the Century episode

Part 2 of the 2013 Government Shutdown Wedding of the Century episode

It’s like he took shutdown lemons, and made shutdownade.  Let this be the first of a list called You Know What?  Some Nice Things Happened During the Shutdown.

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