April 17th, 2013
12:56 PM ET
On "The Colbert Report" Tuesday night, host Stephen Colbert opened with an impassioned show of support to the people of Boston - one that'll make you simultaneously tear up and cheer.
He pointed out that while officials continue to investigate who's behind Monday's blasts, he does know that "whoever did this obviously did not know s*** about the people of Boston."
"Nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them," Colbert went on. "For Pete's sake, Boston was founded by the pilgrims. A people so tough, they had to buckle their g****mn hats on."
Think of what Beantown's already held on through, he pointed out, like its "86-year losing streak" and "the big dig, a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years. There are commuters just getting home now." As the hometown of Aerosmith, "who in their fifth decade are still going strong," Boston even produces tough bands.
"But here's what these cowards really don't get," Colbert said. "They attacked the Boston Marathon, an event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off until their nipples are raw for fun. ... When those bombs went off, there were runners who, after finishing a marathon, kept running for another two miles to the hospital to donate blood. So here's what I know: these maniacs may have tried to make life bad for the people of Boston, but all they can ever do is show just how good those people are."
Before "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart also opened with remarks on the tragedy that's unfolded over the past few days, recalling back to when he's had to do the same in the past - including after the 9/11 attacks on New York City, where the show's based.
"I really hate the fact that I can cross-reference my thoughts to so many other events that have occurred over the years of a similar ilk, so I'm not going to. I'm just going to say this to Boston: thank you," Stewart said. "Thank you for, once again in the face of gross inhumanity, inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country."
Although Boston and New York have something of a rivalry going, moments like these prove that it's a "sibling rivalry," Stewart said.
"That's quite a little city you've got going up there," he said. "We are your brothers and sisters in this type of event. As a city that knows the feeling of confusion, anger and grief and chaos that comes with these events, I can tell you from personal experience you've got a hell of a city going on, and you've done an incredible job in the face of all of this."
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