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Once again, having to start under horrific events here in this country. I really hate the fact that I can cross-reference my thoughts to so many other events that have occurred over the years — so I’m not going to. I’m just going to say this to Boston: Thank you. Thank you for once again, in the face of gross inhumanity, inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country.

So thank you for everything you’ve done. It’s a quite a little city you’ve got going on up there. And New Yorkers and Boston obviously have kind of a little bit of a competition. Often, the two cities accusing each other of various levels of suckitude. But it is in situations like this that we realize it is clearly a sibling rivalry, and that 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 this. Thank you.

– Jon Stewart

Whoever did this obviously did not know shit about the people of Boston. Because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete’s sake, Boston was founded by the pilgrims — a people so tough they had to buckle their goddamn hats on. It is the cradle of the American revolution. A city that withstood an 86-year losing streak. A city that made it through the Big Dig, a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years — I mean, there are commuters just getting home now. Even their bands are tough. It’s the hometown of Aerosmith, who are, in their fifth decade, still going strong. Even Steven Tyler looks fantastic, for a 73-year-old woman.

But here is 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. And they have been holding it in Boston since 1897. And do you know how tough you have to be to run in a whalebone corset? And 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.

– Stephen Colbert



  1. Thatguy wrote:

    These were great little tributes to the events of this week. Right now the city is hunkered down and covered in law enforcement even five miles away from the current searches going on in Watertown. It’s been a surreal and unsettling period but the support from the rest of the country has been amazing and appreciated.

    Friday, April 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
  2. a regular reader wrote:

    AFTERTHOUGHT: This NY’er–who lived in Boston for a couple of yrs post-Missouri–feels a wee bit of “revenge envy” re: Boston having apprehended ‘their terrorists’ so quickly. (Thinking of how damned long the trauma dragged on here in the Big Apple.) Wonder if other NY’ers feel a bit of that base emotion? In any case, I wish Boston the best healing possible, as quickly as possible.

    Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 12:31 am | Permalink
  3. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Hooooaahhh Boston. What a class act!! True Heroes there, I salute you.

    Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink