Stephen Colbert responds to Boston bombings
April 17th, 2013
12:56 PM ET

Stephen Colbert responds to Boston bombings

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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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Daily Inspiration

    There was a teacher from my college who took the day off to run in the Boston Marathon, fortunately he was not injured but what a tragedy. My heart aches for those who lost loved ones. This only exemplifies how strong the United States really is. For every couple bad people there are in the world, there's atleast 30 good people (i.e. police officers, fireman, and just people willing to help)

    April 22, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. biggerdawg

    His writers deserve a bonus. Well written, well said.

    April 21, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hugo

    That story about the proposal is one of the many rumors spread via Twitter and many other websites. It's just people trying to get "likes"

    April 18, 2013 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      No Hugo, it's not. Our local news was at the airport when our runners came home. He interviewed many people about that horrific day. I watched the interview, and saw the pics of him asking her to marry him. It's a true story.

      April 18, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Peace ✌

    I liked his comment about the runners who crossed the finish line & ran 2 more miles to the hospital to donate blood. What a horrible thing that hap'd. 🙁

    April 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • V¡xen

      How is your daughter holding up with this? Bet she is still in some kind of shock and have some emotional feelings going on.

      April 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      I saw this story on the local news. This couple from our area were at the marathon. The girl was in the race, and the guy was waiting for her at the finish line. He decided that he was going to propose to her right then, so he jumped over the barrier, and ran the rest of the race with her. When they finished the race, he proposed to her. Had he not decided to finish the race with her, he would have been standing right where one of the bombs went off. Pretty scary, huh?

      April 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • V¡xen

      Wow..that gave me goosebumps @Sadie.

      April 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |

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