Barack Obama on Stephen Colbert: 'To be honest, I still don’t know what my Nobel Peace Prize was for'

The President has been practicing his interview skills in light of his impending search for a new job 

Heather Saul
Wednesday 19 October 2016 14:39 BST

Barack Obama is apparently just as confused as some of his critics by the Nobel Peace Prize committee's decision to award him the accolade in 2009.

Mr Obama, now in the process of wrapping up his eight years in the White House, made an appearance in a skit for the Late Late Show, where he practiced his interview skills in light of his impending search for a new job.

His appearance came days after Oliver Stone, the director of the eponymous Edward Snowden biopic, criticised the Obama administration for bombing Muslim countries.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee’s decision to award Mr Obama the prize proved controversial. Mr Obama oversaw the first US air strikes launched in Syria in 2014 in a huge escalation of America’s military campaign against the Isis terror group. Six years after coming to office he had approved military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya, becoming the Peace President to bomb seven countries in six years.

When asked by Colbert to list any other relevant awards or qualifications, Mr Obama replied: “I have almost 30 honorary degrees and I did get the Nobel Peace Prize.

“Really, what was that for?," enquired Colbert.

“To be honest, I still don’t know," he jokingly responded.

Colbert also asked more loaded questions, such as where he was born, and a fruit related query.

“I have two choices for you here,” Colbert said. “Would you care for an extra fiber nutrient bar, which has travelled to more than 100 countries, or this shriveled tangerine covered in golden retriever hair, filled with bile that I wouldn't leave alone with the woman I love?”

“I think I will go with the fiber nutrient bar."

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