Obama and His Anger Translator Celebrate Last Night’s Victory

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Nov. 7 2012 12:23 PM

Obama and His Anger Translator Celebrate

Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key as President Obama and Luther, his anger translator

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images

We may have had to wait a while for President Obama to bring us his victory speech last night, but a couple of head-of-state impersonators had their celebration ready to go before he even stepped on stage. Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele, stars of their own show on Comedy Central, have been the leading comedic interpreters of the President and his image for the past year, with the latter doing a dead-on Obama and the former acting as Luther, his “anger translator.” The duo captured last night’s night exultant spirit with the verve we have come to expect.

Trading on their usual good-cop/bad-cop dynamic in this latest video, the moment culminates with a rousing MC Hammer dance party: “I told ya’ homeboy,” Obama says. “U can’t touch this.” Which makes me ask, what is it with Obama fans and this song? Though Hammer has long been a punch line, there are now two highly popular, Obama-themed supercut sing-alongs of his signature hit. Will Obama bust out with “2 Legit 2 Quit” in the near future? Hope so.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.



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