Like him or hate him, one must at least admit that President Barack Obama is becoming more casual, or more entertaining, whenever he conducts a speech. The Inquisitr reported on this Executive Branch entertainment, with the latest happening at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. During Obama’s speech, Keegan-Michael Key, one half of the comedy duo on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, assisted the president as “Luther,” the “anger translator.” Many people have responded to the bit, recognizing it as a hit.
Now, Barack Obama is at it again! This time, Obama thanked Japan for all they have given the United States, including anime (Japanese animation).
To be fair, the gratitude Barack Obama expressed for Japan’s contributions, primarily to younger generations, were all in part of a half-hour long Ambassadorial Ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, for Japan, as reported by Polygon. Shinzo Abe, the prime minister for Japan, attended the festivities, which included the Obama family reminiscing in the partaking of Japan’s culture during previous visits. For example, Obama got to play soccer with an Asimo robot in one visit, while in another, his wife played taiko drums.
Eventually, the festivity would conclude with Barack Obama presenting a speech in honor of Japan, recognizing the Land of the Rising Sun as an ally as well as thanking them for the unique entertainment Japan is known for giving America, as well as the world.
“Today is also a chance for Americans, especially our young people, to say thank you for all the things we love from Japan. Like karate and karaoke. Manga and anime. And, of course, emojis.”
Eventually, other sites — especially those centered on Japanese culture — entered into heated discussions on what Barack Obama’s favorite animes and mangas would be. Kotaku mentioned animes such as Kill la Kill, Sailor Moon, and Swimming Anime as possible candidates, but the one they think fits the bill is Attack on Titan. There is concern that Sword Art Online was not mentioned though.
[Image via Kotaku]