After Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama earned himself the title ‘comedian-in-chief.’ Obama’s speech didn’t have a single dull moment. It was brilliant from the start, packed with witty jokes for everyone (except Republicans) to enjoy, pushing the envelope a bit further with each one.
The president had no limits, he even brought on ‘Luther,’ his ‘anger translator,’ also known as Keegan-Michael Key from Key & Peele, who took the “serious” part of Obama’s speech and let everyone know what he was really thinking. But by the end, Obama got “angry” all on his own, no translation needed.
Keegan-Michael Key is part of the duo on the hit Comedy Central sketch series Key and Peele. At the dinner, Key played the comic foil to the commander-in-chief that he’s so often played for Peele’s Obama — that of Obama’s ‘anger translator,’ ‘Luther.’
In each sketch, Peele is the unflappably cool, dispassionate politician, while Key as Luther portrays some fantasy version of the president’s raging, swaggering id, saying all the things that could never be said.
Back in February, Key & Peele, told Zadie Smith that the president became aware of their sketches and asked to meet them. “I need Luther,” he told them. “We’ll have to wait till second term.”
The guests were laughing to the point of tears during the sketch.
Obama: “In our fast-changing world, traditions like the White House correspondents’ dinner are important.”
Luther: “I MEAN REALLY, WHAT IS THIS DINNER AND WHY AM I REQUIRED TO COME TO IT?!”
Obama: “Because despite our differences, we count on the press to shed light.”
Luther: “AND WE CAN COUNT ON FOX NEWS TO TERRIFY ALL WHITE PEOPLE WITH SOME NONSENSE.”
Watch the most discussed moment of the night here: