This would not be the end of Colbert’s political ventures: not by a long shot. In establishing himself as a caricature and product of America’s embroiled political climate, Colbert could hardly avoid taking a more hands-on approach to political criticism –and he seemed to enjoy it.
In 2007, Stephen announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidential election, though only in his home state of South Carolina. He pursued the candidacy in character but was ultimately denied a place on the ballot. He ended up using his candidacy as a fundraising initiative for education and walked away with the key to the city of Columbia.
In 2009, Colbert showed support for our troops with a symbolic hair-cutting. He has made been a dedicated supporter of American troops, making efforts to visit deployed soldiers, and in 2015 he was awarded with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award: third highest honor a civilian can be awarded.