It was all smiles late in the evening as Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
The late show was live tonight with Colbert nearly dazed as he admitted today was “extremely emotional” and he cried a lot during the swearing-in ceremony.
“You did. You’ve survived the past four years and your reward is a brilliant new old president,” he joked. But he said he had “no jubilation” in him and that rather he was filled with “tremendous relief”.
“It’s so nice to have a president with a soul again. The precedent sold his to the devil and didn’t even get Georgia out of the deal, ”he said. “It was moving to see Vice President Harris sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor and it elicited a very excited reaction from Joe Biden. It is refreshing. In just two weeks, this platform went from alt-right to straight, ”he added.
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Likewise, Jimmy Kimmel was in a good mood. “I have to imagine that’s what it feels like when the oncologist calls and tells you the tumor is benign,” he says. “Today this country has shown the world that there is not my pillow big enough to stifle our democracy.”
Colbert and Kimmel both paid tribute and gently mocked Lady Gaga and J.Lo, who both performed at the event. “Two weeks ago a bunch of dangerous fools with Donald Trump flags attempted to topple the government. Today in the same place we had the national anthem, sung by Lady Gaga. To paraphrase Michelle Obama, when they go down, we go J.Lo, ”Kimmel said.
The two hosts also congratulated National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman for her positive message. “It was a beautiful ceremony; we heard a poem that wasn’t boring, from a brilliant 22-year-old girl from Los Angeles, Amanda Gorman,” Kimmel said.
“Nice moving words and a nice change from the last administration. The closest thing to poetry was the coup d’etat, ”Colbert added.
Bernie Sanders, a man of a thousand memes, was also nominated for the somewhat unhappy photo of him looking cranky at the event. “Bernie Sanders was one of the first people there. He showed up with a kraft paper envelope. It looked like he had an appointment at the DMV. There was a lot of talk about what Bernie was wearing, which as you can see were his most festive mittens, and a mask he found on the floor of his wife’s Subaru. Unfortunately, Senator Sanders had to dodge early when his neighbor Larry called to say he had found his hat, ”Kimmel joked.
Colbert pointed out that he was not wearing a hat. “Notice the only part of his body that is not covered. Bernie, what do you think? Don’t you know that 99% of your body heat escapes from the richest 1%. “
The former host of The Colbert report, dressed in a jacket for the first time in a short time, pulled a few miles from his aviator impression of the new president. But, ultimately, he looked delighted at the prospect of the next four years. “However we fix this country, it’s not just the job of the new administration, it’s up to all of us as it always is and President Biden, Vice President Harris, you have our prayers, best wishes and all our confidence. ,” he added.