Because I’m sure most of his regular audience slept in Sunday morning, we’re happy to provide links to Colbert’s Sunday morning visit to Meet the Press, which provided Russert an unending amount of chuckles and a reason to drag out his security blanket — a Bert doll — in reference to the funny man’s funny name.

“I think a lot of people are asking whether—they say is this, is this real, you know? And to which I would say to everybody, this is not a dream, you’re not going to wake up from this,” Colbert told host Tim Russert. “I’m far real-er than Sam Brownback, let me put it that way.”

“I don’t want to be president,” he added. “I want to run for president. There’s a difference.”

He says that he thinks it’s time to put the focus back on South Carolina. It’s also worth a look at the “after-the-show” type feature at the Meet the Press website, where Colbert goes off-character for a quick, insightful chat. He talks about his show, his children, and the perception that viewers get their news from The Daily Show.

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