Colbert Praises Boston Strength After Marathon Bombings (VIDEO)

04/17/2013 11:44 am ET

Stephen Colbert opened his first "Colbert Report" after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon with a heartfelt and funny tribute to the people of Boston, praising them for their resilience throughout the history of the city.

"Whoever did this obviously did not know about the people of Boston. Nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them," Colbert said. "For Pete's sake, Boston was founded by the Pilgrims, a people so tough, they had to buckle their goddamn hats on."

He also pointed to the Red Sox, the Big Dig and Aerosmith as Boston stalwarts that refuse to give up.

"Here's what these cowards really don't get," Colbert continued. "They attacked the Boston Marathon, an event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off until their nipples are raw -- for fun."

While we still don't know who is responsible for the explosions, Colbert echoed an optimistic sentiment that Patton Oswalt expressed.

"These maniacs may have tried to make life bad for the people of Boston," Colbert said, "But all they could do is show just how good those people are."

Check out the video above to see Colbert's words of support for Boston, and we also recommend Jon Stewart, Craig Ferguson and Conan O'Brien's responses to the tragedy.

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