This is satire in top form. Faux-conservative Colbert, praises President George W. Bush with knee-slapping, back-handed compliments. He speaks truthiness to power; his jokes are funny and also add social commentary. A good snapshot of Stephen Colbert's fake punditry.
Condoleezza Rice is one of the most intelligent and influential women in history, and this interview is something I could listen to 1,000 times over. The Bush Administration, in the 7 months they were in office before 9/11, did what they could with the information they were given, in the way it was given. Clearly after 8 years of neglect, the FBI and CIA had serious structural issues that could not be resolved in a heartbeat, although Rice does not point fingers, showing moral superiority to those around her. Personally, rather than blame someone in office for 7 months for not fixing an intelligence problem, I'm asking why it wasn't repaired or even addressed in the 8 years previous? What was going on that this wasn't an issue, then, as well? How could anything be more serious then national security? Anyway, Rice answers questions candidly and in depth, facing many rude people and questions that were not really questions (mostly politically or professionally motivated statements) with dignity and clarity, to the chagrin of her "opponents". After listening to her testimony, only the truly intellectually-challenged people could find fault in her actions, or the actions of the Bush Administration.