Stephen Colbert recaps Night 1 of the Democratic National Convention

Stephen Colbert recaps night 1 of the Democratic National Convention
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The first day of the Democratic National Convention on Monday had its ups and downs, Stephen Colbert said in his live post-convention Late Show monologue. "Bernie Sanders heartily endorsed Hillary Clinton," he said. "It was an impassioned speech, but disappointed some of his supporters. I have not seen that many crying women since Bernie opened for the Beatles." But Day 1 of the Democratic convention was "also known as Hillary Clinton and the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day," Colbert said, mostly due to Friday's leak of 19,000 hacked Democratic National Committee emails, showing the DNC favoring Clinton over Sanders.

"In an unprecedented show of bias, the Democrats threw their weight behind the registered Democrat," Colbert said. "That's not fair. That's like Sam's Club refusing to take your Blockbuster card." But if the day started out rocky on Monday, "by early evening, things had calmed down," he said. "But then Bernie supporter Sarah Silverman and Hillary supporter Al Franken took the stage, and Sarah got a little tired of the crowd," telling the "Bernie or Bust" crowd they are being "ridiculous." "Wow, it is rare when the comedian heckles the audience," Colbert said.

"There were a lot of great speeches tonight, but leave it to Michelle Obama to truly unify the Democrats," Colbert said. "With tonight's moving speech, she convinced everyone in that arena that it was finally time to elect as president of the United States former First Lady Michelle Obama. She crushed it." Colbert ended with a joke so obvious he would be negligent in not making it: "Anyway, Michelle's speech was so good, I want to hear it again. When is Melania doing it?" Watch below. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a senior editor at, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band. Follow him on Twitter.