Stephen Colbert was a Tiger in spirit yesterday as he spoke to the Princeton graduating class. They presented him with an award, "The Great Princeton Class of 2008 Understandable Vanity Award," mounted appropriately enough, on a mirror. Colbert said it was the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen.
In true Colbert Report form, he told the grads, "you can change the world. Please don't do that, OK? Some of us like the way things are going now." Acknowledging their potential, Colbert said, "I'm scared of you. I can tell you are go-getters. At my college, for instance, no one got out of bed before 11 o'clock."
He saved his biggest skewer for the black-and-orange class jackets — known as "beer jackets" — a mainstay of Princeton culture. Schooling them on the real world he said, "when you leave here, no one will ever, ever want to hear you sing a capella. And those jackets you're wearing, do not wear them to your job interview."
He changed his tune when they presented him with his own.
"In that case," he said, "I take it back. This is a beautiful jacket. Change the world."