For Fake Presidents, Competition Is Fierce

Race is on for top Obama impersonator
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2009 12:15 PM CDT
George W. Bush impersonator John Morgan poses with a copy of his book in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 7, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(Newser) – Think impersonating the president is a joke? For the professional actors trying to scratch their way to the top—to become First Impersonator—it's serious business, Slate reports. "I see this as a chance to grow as a dramatic actor," says one faux Obama. "Besides, it can be very lucrative." The No. 1 Bill Clinton impersonator made more than $1 million in a year, and single appearances can pay five digits.

But their time in the spotlight is short. Once a president leaves office, impersonation gigs dry up. Which is why the Obama competition is so intense. "We're in the proving time right now, and the cream will rise to the top," says another Obama wannabe. "Who's gonna be the man?"