President Obama brought down the house at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner by bringing out Luther, his anger translator who took a big shot right off the bat at Fox News.
Obama said, “Because, despite our differences, we count on the press to shed light on the most important issues of the day.”
Luther’s translation was, “And we can count on Fox News to terrify old white people with some nonsense. Sharia Law is coming to Cleveland. Run for the damn hills. That was ridiculous.”
Obama continued, “We won’t always see eye to eye.”
Luther continued, “Oh, and CNN, thank you so much for the wall to wall Ebola coverage. For two whole weeks, we were on step away from The Walking Dead, and then you all got up and just moved on to the next thing. Oh, and, by the way, have you noticed? You don’t have Ebola.”
One of the best segments of Obama’s appearances at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner concluded with Obama getting angry and going off on Republican climate change deniers in Congress and Luther telling the President that he needs counseling before walking off of the stage.
Keegan-Michael Key’s Luther, who is Obama’s anger translator, has become one of the most popular characters on Comedy Central’s Key and Peele.
It was fun to see Obama get a chance to poke fun of his image as “no drama Obama,” and to see Key’s character get to do his thing beside the real president.
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is the toughest room that any comedian will work in. Over the years, some of the best in comedy have had their roughest nights in front of a crowd that is there to see the President.
Key delivered and had the crowd howling with laughter. This bit was definitely one for the Obama WHCD highlight reel.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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