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Obama (And Luther!) Killed It At The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Submitted by on April 27, 2015 – 10:13 amNo Comment

This weekend saw the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where the biggest names in Washington get together to pat each other on the back while tearing each other down with cutting humor. And once again, President Obama proved that he is one of the most gifted presidential performers (among other things) in modern times. Obama’s dry, deadpan humor, taking jabs at himself, his Democratic allies, and his conservative opposition, brought down the house.

Early on in his 20 minute set, he described how his staff asked him if he had a “bucket list” for his final 18 months in office. “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,” he said.

The president took shots at 2016 hopefuls on both sides of the aisles, mocking Ted Cruz‘s ego and Martin O’Malley’s low name recognition.

But the definite highlight of the evening was when Obama brought out his wild-eyed anger translator Luther, aka Keegan Michael Key of the sketch series Key & Peele. Key normally portrays the hot-headed Luther opposite Jordan Peele‘s pitch-perfect, totally cool Obama impersonation, but tonight, Luther worked for the real thing.

However, by the end, Obama was going off on climate change deniers, while Luther tried to calm him down.

The evening was hosted by Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong, who may have been the most bold — and most awkward — host since Stephen Colbert‘s now-legendary 2006 performance. (Since then, the evening has often had a less political, more mainstream host.) That evening saw Colbert as his blowhard onscreen persona offer a supposed defense of President Bush, while actually cutting him down mercilessly; but the jokes fell heavily on the insider crowd.

Similarly, Strong took on targets ranging from the decline of print media, to police brutality, to scandals in federal law enforcement, but her criticism was met with more shocked murmurs than laughs.

What were your favorite moments of the night? Let us know in the comments below.

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