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Barack Obama inauguration: Security team could use presidential doubles

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Nick Allen
London Telegraph
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009

The unprecedented assassination risk surrounding Barack Obama could force the Secret Service to deploy presidential body doubles.

Security experts said doubles could be used for public photo opportunities where he is not required to speak but may be exposed to a potential threat.

President Obama is understood to be against the idea of using doubles himself because the tactic is generally associated with rulers including Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong-il of North Korea, Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

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But following hundreds of threats to his life already some of those charged with protecting him believe it may become an option.

However, the best known Obama lookalike so far, said he didn’t want the job. Ilham Anas, 34, an Indonesian photographer who bears a striking resemblance to the president, said: “I don’t want to get shot.”

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Mr Ilham has already become famous in the president’s former home town of Jakarta and a drug company has also cast him in a commercial showing him dressed as President Obama.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 4:49 am





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