Stephen Colbert interrupted his normal Colbert Report opening last night in order to offer a moving and, of course, amusing tribute to the people of Boston. Whoever bombed the city's marathon "obviously did not know s--t about the people of Boston," he said. "'Cause nothing these terrorists do is gonna shake them. For Pete’s sake, Boston was founded by the pilgrims—a people so tough, they had to buckle their goddamn hats on. ... A city that made it through the Big Dig, a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years."
"But here's what these cowards really don't get: They attacked the Boston Marathon, an event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off, until their nipples are raw, for fun," Colbert continued. He went on to laud runners who finished the marathon, then kept running two more miles to the hospital to donate blood. "Here's what I know," he concluded. "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." Jon Stewart offered up his own more serious tribute to Boston on the Daily Show, thanking the city for "once again, in the face of gross inhumanity, inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country."