Bush sends message to Iraq via 'Colbert'


NEW YORK -- Former President George W. Bush had a hearty message for troops serving in Iraq -- and delivered it on a 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.