Obama and His Anger Translator Celebrate Last Night’s Victory

Slate's Culture Blog
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.



Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows


The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.


More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

The Ungodly Horror of Having a Bug Crawl Into Your Ear and Scratch Away at Your Eardrum

We Could Fix Climate Change for Free. Now There’s Just One Thing Holding Us Back.

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 7:03 PM Once Again, a Climate Policy Hearing Descends Into Absurdity
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 5:56 PM Watch Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Bill Hicks, Mitch Hedberg, and More on New YouTube Channel
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 7:23 PM MIT Researchers Are Using Smartphones to Interact With Other Screens
  Health & Science
Sept. 17 2014 4:49 PM Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music Is it art or a true threat of violence?
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?