French President François Hollande came on his trip to the United States without a First Lady by his side. But thanks to the seating arrangement at the White House state dinner, he now has Stephen Colbert as his First Lady.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Colbert Report, the host attempted to bash President Barack Obama for increasing the minimum wage for federal contract workers. But Colbert couldn’t follow through with his criticism, revealing that he had attended the White House state dinner and had a marvelous time. The comedian pointed out the issues with the seating arrangement, since there was no one to fill the seat to the right of Michelle Obama, usually reserved for the visiting First Lady.
“So it all came down to who would be seated next to Mrs. Obama,” Colbert said, before playing a clip of the President’s table at the dinner. “Well let’s see — there’s the President, and there’s François Hollande, and there’s Michelle Obama. And who’s next to her? It’s me!”
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m the First Lady of France!” he added.
Colbert then proceeded to be more French — smoking a cigarette and grabbing a baguette — before unveiling his new First Lady initiatives.
“Mine will be reviving the guillotine and finally bringing Jean Valjean to justice,” the host said.
Watch the clip below: