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Stephen Colbert went live after President Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday, where he spoke of his administration’s first 100 days in office.
The late night host acknowledged that Biden was the first president to deliver the speech in front of a mask-wearing audience, though because of social distancing, the audience was “way smaller” than usual. He noted that the U.S. Capitol holds 1,600 people, but the event was pared down to 200. “Still, more than watched the Oscars,” joked Colbert.
He noted that Biden “came in and did a couple of fist bumps” before launching into his speech “with most Americans on his side.” The Late Show then brought up a graphic from a Haribo Gummy Worms poll, visualizing a 58 percent approval rating.
Colbert emphasized Biden’s references to the women presiding over the joint session, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as first lady Jill Biden.
“Biden was optimistic about the American spirit,” said Colbert, going on to joke that if Americans cannot reach the TV remote control with their hands, they will try to sue their feet, and if that fails, they will call their wife. If all else fails, they will seek help.
“He got impassioned when it came to this country’s potential,” Colbert went on to say. “While Biden made some great points, not everyone was enthralled. Ted Cruz started nodding off …”
Colbert asked the audience, “What did we see tonight? The oldest president of all time … 200 people, all in masks. It hasn’t felt that normal in five years.”
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