This. Is. Amazing.

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This weekend was the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, a dreadful affair in which major media players and politicians get together and all have a good laugh about how most of them never accomplish anything meaningful because mainstream journalism and Beltway politics are joke careers for clown people who don't care about anything but money and their own egos.

With rare exceptions (*cough*StephenColbert*cough*), the Correspondents' Dinner features "comedy" that we're all meant to pretend challenges and indicts power, but really just more deeply entrenches it.

This weekend was another rare exception, as President Obama invited Keegan-Michael Key to bring his Key & Peele sketch character Luther, President Obama's Anger Translator, to the event to do his thing.

And it was fucking amazing.

President Obama, standing at a podium wearing a tux: I often joke about tensions between me and the press, but, honestly, what they say doesn't bother me. I understand we've got an adversarial system. I'm a mellow sort of guy. And that's why I invited Luther, my anger translator, to join me here tonight.

[Laughter and applause. Luther enters and stands behind the President, looking angry.]

Luther: Hold on to your lily-white butts! [Laughter.]

Obama: In our fast-changing world, traditions like the White House Correspondents' Dinner are important.

Luther: I mean, really, what is this dinner?! [Laughter.] And why am I required to come to it?! [Laughter.] Jeb Bush, do you really want to do this? [Laughter.]

Obama: Because, despite our differences, we count on the press to shed light on the most important issues of the day.

Luther: And we can count on Fox News to terrify old white people with some nonsense! [Laughter.] "Sharia law is coming to Cleveland! Run for the damn hills!" [Laughter.] Y'all, it's ridiculous. [Laughter.]

Obama: We won't always see eye to eye.

Luther: Oh, and CNN, thank you so much for the wall-to-wall Ebola coverage. For two whole weeks, we were one step away from the Walking Dead. [Laughter.] And then you all got up and just moved on to the next day. That was awesome. Oh, and by the way, just if you haven't noticed, you don't have Ebola!!! [Laughter.]

Obama: But I still deeply appreciate the work that you do.

Luther: Ya'll remember when I had that big, old hole in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and then I plugged it?! Remember that? Which "Obama's Katrina" was that one? Was that 19? Or was it 20? Because I can't remember! [Laughter.]

Obama: Protecting our democracy is more important than ever. For example, the Supreme Court ruled that the donor who gave Ted Cruz six million dollars was just exercising free speech.

Luther: Yeah, that's the kind of speech like this: "I just wasted six million dollars." [Laughter and applause.]

Obama: And it's not just Republicans. Hillary will have to raise huge sums of money, too.

Luther: Ohhhhhhh yeah. [Pacing and looking super excited.] She's gonna get that money! She's gonna get allllllll the money. KHALEESI IS COMING TO WESTEROS! [Laughter and applause.] So watch out! [Kicks leg in air.] WOOOOOO!

Obama: The nonstop focus on billionaire donors creates real problems for our democracy.

Luther: And that's why we're running for a third term! [Laughter.]

Obama: No, we're not.

Luther: We're not?

Obama: No.

Luther: Who the hell said that?! [Laughter.]

Obama: But we do need to stay focused on some big challenges, like climate change.

Luther: Hey, listen, ya'll, if you haven't noticed, California is bone dry! [Laughter.] It looks like a trailer for the new "Mad Max" movie up in there! [Laughter.] Ya'll think that Bradley Cooper came here 'cause he wants to talk to Chuck Todd?! [Laughter.] HE NEEDED A GLASS OF WATER! Come on! [Laughter and applause.]

Obama: The science is clear. The science is clear: Nine of the ten hottest years ever came in the last decade.

Luther: Now, I'm not a scientist, but I do know how to count to 10. [Laughter.]

Obama: Rising seas, more violent storms.

Luther: We've got mosquitos. Sweaty people on the train, stinking it up. It's just nasty! [Laughter.]

Obama: I mean, look at what's happening right now. Every serious scientist says we need to act. The Pentagon says it's a national security risk. Miami floods on a sunny day, and, instead of doing anything about it [starting to sound angry], we've got elected officials throwing snowballs in the Senate!

Luther: Okay, Mr. President. Okay, I think they've got it, bro. [looking uncomfortable as the President gets angrier]

Obama: It is crazy! [really angry now] What about our kids? What kind of stupid, shortsighted, irresponsible bull— [Laughter and applause.]

Luther: Whoa whoa whoa! Hey! [Applause.]

Obama: What?!

Luther: Hey! [Cheers as Luther backs away]

Obama: WHAT?!

Luther: All due respect, sir, you don't need an anger translator. You need counseling. [Laughter.] So I'm out of here, man. I ain't trying to get into all this. [Laughter.]

Obama: Go. [Applause.]

Luther: He crazy. [Laughter and applause.]

Obama: Luther, my anger translator, ladies and gentlemen. [Applause.]
Where in the hell do I even begin with how fucking awesome this is?! It's so brilliant and so subversive. I can't even imagine how cathartic this must have been for the President.

Iain and I were commenting how amazed we were by his ability to keep a straight face—but, upon consideration, the Republicans have given him a lot of practice keeping a straight face at jokes.

Anyway! Here is the transcript of the entirety of the President's remarks. Lots of good stuff there. Great job, Mr. President!

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