WATCH: Obama invited his ’anger translator’ to tell journalists what he really thinks of them

The White House Correspondent’s dinner is a long-running tradition - since 1920 - and the president usually attends for some light-hearted roasting.

WATCH: Obama invited his ’anger translator’ to tell journalists what he really thinks of them

This year, Obama took the opportunity of his speech to present the Comedy Central character Luther from the Key & Peele show as his "anger translator" - saying what the President reallymeans.

A deadpan Obama keeps delivering the straight speech and allows his translator to come out with such gems on Fox News, CNN, Hilary Clinton - and wait until 3:30 when Obama loses the run of himself on climate change.

The video clip has been a massive hit online, clocking up 31 million views from the White House's Facebook page alone.

Pundits generally considered the sketch one of the highlights of the five-hour dinner, broadcast live on the US C-Span channel, which was otherwise called "five of C-SPAN's longest hours".

The comedy sketch might seem light-hearted, but taken as a whole, it lampooned the mainstream media's focus on dramatic issues like Ebola and Islamic extremism rather than crucial long-term issues like climate change.

And, elsewhere in the speech, Obama took aim at some key issues on his "f*** it list".

"I am determined to make the most of every moment I have left. After the midterm elections, my advisors asked me 'Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?' And I said, 'Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.'

Take executive action on immigration. Bucket.

New climate regulations. Bucket. It's the right thing to do."

Next year will be Obama's last of these dinners - we can only hope his successor learns a little from his comedic timing.

Via BreakingNews.ie

More in this section

IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

ieFood pic
ieFood Logo

In the Kitchen with

 Video Series

Join Colm O'Gorman in his kitchen as he makes flatbreads in minutes and crispy air fryer chicken. Explore why he thinks chilli is the spice of life, and find out why his 50-year-old food mixer is his most important piece of kitchen equipment. Friday, September 17, 12pm

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

great irish summer

From walking and hiking, to day trips and camping, your guide to holidays at home in 2021

Lifestyle
Newsletter

The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up