Those familiar with the Comedy Central sketch by Key & Peele have long loved Obama’s anger translator named Luther, played by Keegan Michael Key. Luther was a character that gave President Obama a voice and an outlet for his anger — a guy who unabashedly expressed his anger in a way much less poised than POTUS is used to doing.
— Pras Francis (@PrasFrancis) April 26, 2015
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 26, 2015
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Key once related that when he and his comedic partner Peele met the president, Mr. Obama reportedly told him that he needs Luther in real life. Apparently, President Obama finally decided to make good on that need for the so-called “nerd prom” night. During the dinner full of celebrities and politicos, Luther wore two hands full of rings as he bounded back and forth behind the president and translated any thoughts the leader of the free nation really had.
Luther to Obama: “With all do respect sir, you don’t need an anger translator, you need counseling”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 26, 2015
As seen in uncensored Key & Peele videos of Obama and Luther, the sketch could get pretty raunchy and real. The anger translator was first introduced in a “Meet Luther” video years ago, with Peele starring as President Obama and Key acting as the anger translator, Luther.
— Helena Andrews (@helena_andrews) April 26, 2015
The Obama anger translator, as reported by MSNBC, got mixed reviews from the dining crowd. General feedback online calls the use of Luther quite a bold and progressive move by the president.
Obama bringing in Keegan-Michael Key to play Luther at the Correspondent’s Dinner is probably the best choice any presidency has ever made.
— Wesley Emblidge (@WesleyEmblidge) April 26, 2015
Yooooooo Luther his anger translator!! Can Obama be king? #WHCD2015
— Nick GLB Swartz (@nicka_please17) April 26, 2015
Obama’s speech was very good. But when he brought out Luther it got HILARIOUS!!! #CNNVote
— Rockefeller (@Rockefeller_88) April 26, 2015
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