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Colbert: Lavish Black-Tie Dinner May Give China The Wrong Idea On U.S. Debt (VIDEO)


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Instead, Colbert thought a "sweat-pants pot luck," complete with boxed wine and oreos would have been more appropriate.

Colbert also lamented his lack of invitation to the dinner, saying he could have easily filled House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) seat.

"I have a great Boehner costume," Colbert said -- it consists of putting an orange traffic cone on his head.


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