In “The Colbert Questionert” bit, host Colbert asked Streep 15 questions — including if she’d ever asked anyone for an autograph.
Streep surprised Colbert by recalling Nixon signing a Milky Way wrapper for her 12-year-old self during a parade in San Francisco.
The tale prompted Colbert to share his own encounter with Nixon, revealing how as a child he’d written to the then-president to suggest the idea of a continental unity flag.
Colbert said he received “a lovely letter” from the White House saying “the president loves your idea,” alongside a signed book of photographs of Nixon with children.
But, sadly, Streep and Colbert have both since jettisoned the artifacts.
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