On Tuesday’s “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert took issue with President Joe Biden’s recent declaration that the COVID-19 pandemic is “over.” Colbert things this is a bit premature, joking that it’s “the first time that Joe Biden has ever moved too fast.” Zing.
Biden’s comments came on Sunday during a “60 Minutes” interview, when he said in part, “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape, and so I think it’s changing.”
During his monologue, Colbert brought this up, and after telling the joke about how slowly Biden moves, continued. “Biden’s announcement took the White House by surprise and now they’re trying to backpedal, saying, ‘sure the President could have been more nuanced, but he was simply saying we’ve hit a different phase.’”
“OK, saying something is ‘over’ is kind of a misleading way to declare a new phase. ‘Carol, it’s over! I can’t date you anymore. Because I’m asking you to marry meee,” Colbert joked. “Stop crying, it’s a new phase!”
Of course that wasn’t the only thing Colbert brought up. He kicked the monologue off with some jokes about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who he joked is a bodybuilder “who always skips head day,” because, Colbert implied, DeSantis has a small head relative to the size of his body.
He also joked about the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and an awkward moment during Australian coverage of the Queen Elizabeth funeral when the news presenters didn’t recognize her. Colbert quipped that as far as he knows, Wolverine (played by Aussie actor Hugh Jackman) is that country’s Prime Minister.
Colbert also took a look at the U.S. Senate race in Georgia and the numerous, weird falsehoods Republican candidate Hershel Walker keeps telling. He also talked about an incredible cringe political ad in Utah where a Republican State Senate candidate performed a truly awful rap song. Colbert, of course, wishes she’d record more music.
You can watch the full monologue above.
Monica has a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Journalism and Communications from Quinnipiac University. Monica has worked as a journalist for over 20 years covering all things entertainment. She has covered everything from San Diego Comic-Con, The SAG Awards, Academy Awards, and more. Monica has been published in Variety, Swagger Magazine, Emmy Magazine, CNN, AP, Hidden Remote, and more. For the past 10 years, she has added PR and marketing to her list of talents as the president of Prime Entertainment Publicity, LLC. Monica is ready for anything and is proudly obsessed with pop culture.