Stephen Colbert's Late Show Premieres With Hilarious Interview of Jeb Bush

Stephen Colbert premiered his new Late Show last night and for his second guest he had on former Florida governor and current hapless presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Colbert evidently did not lose any of his comic timing in his nine months off, switching seamlessly from praising Bush to mocking him.

"You are, with one exception we'll get to later, the front-runner for the Republican nomination," Colbert teased, referencing Bush's 20 point deficit to Donald Trump. Bush seemed to take it in stride, probably glad that for once someone in the media was paying attention to him.

"Without diminishing your brother, in what ways do you politically differ from George?" Colbert asked, hoping to tease out a juicy soundbite. Alas, the highly polished Bush gave his stock, "He didn't discipline Republicans in Congress on spending enough" line, which completely ignores George W. Bush's $2 trillion imperial war, which massively inflated the federal deficit. But it's a late-night talk show, so Colbert, understandably, let that little fib slide. 

Watch the clip, courtesy of the Daily Caller:

And here's a bonus clip of Colbert grilling Bush on gun control:

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