In what can best be described as the night when all things awesome aligned, America's favorite fake anchor, Stephen Colbert, took a seat as the guest of honor at the 20th Annual Roast for Spina Bifida, where he was roasted by none other than President-Elect Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, who tossed off such gems as this: "I'm scared of Stephen Colbert. I'm not alone. My colleagues in Congress, political operatives, the top minds in Washington, even some of the people in this room โ€” we're all scared of Stephen Colbert. We're scared of Stephen Colbert in the same way Sarah Palin is scared of a geography bee." Colbert later responded, "Rahm Emanuel has given the finger to so many people in this town that he wore the tip off."Colbert was a gracious victim, taking the shots in stride before taking a few of his own, aiming at everyone from Chris Matthews to Bill Clinton to Alan Greenspan. "Alan Greenspan is here, and we're in the middle of a once-in-a-century financial meltdown," Colbert said, "so of course the question everyone is asking is, How did Alan Greenspan land Andrea Mitchell? Seriously. Keep kissing him, Andrea, he's going to turn into a prince one of these days." Colbert also carried on his long-standing rivalry with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who got in a zinger of her own: "Watch out, Colbert," Norton said, "Let's see how tough you are without your writers. What do we call 'The Colbert Report' with funnier material? 'The Daily Show,' sir!" Colbert shot back: "Like in Congress, what you said was duly noted and had no effect whatsoever. Do you ever dream of having a position with more power โ€” like student body president?" The event was all in good fun and for a good cause; proceeds went to the Spina Bifida Association, an organization dedicated to the treatment and prevention of Spina Bifida, "the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. It occurs when the spine of the baby fails to close during the first month of pregnancy. This creates an opening, or lesion, on the spinal column. The lesion is surgically closed within 24 hours after the baby is born." For those interested in seeing the hilarity unfold, The Huffington Post has an exclusive video clip of the roast. Or you could be like me and just keep staring at that picture at the top of the screen. The Colbert Rapport [WashingtonPost] Rahm Emanuel Roasts Stephen Colbert [HuffingtonPost] [RoastForSpinaBifida]