Troops In Iraq Hailed By Bush On 'Colbert Report'

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AP
Former President George W. Bush had a hearty message for troops serving in Iraq _ and delivered it on a silly TV comedy show.

Appearing in a pretaped spot during Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" on Thursday, Bush hailed the military.

"Your achievements in Iraq have earned you a special place in American history. You are men and women of great courage and endurance _ and that's gonna come in handy," Bush noted, winding up to zing Stephen Colbert, the blustery "Colbert Report" host: "I've sat through Stephen's stuff before."

Bush said former first lady Laura Bush joined him in the shout-out.

"The Colbert Report," with Colbert as its comically pompous, conservative host, originated this week from Camp Victory on the western edge of Baghdad. The show's home base is Manhattan.

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