January 21, 2009
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.
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.”
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.
His colleagues at a magazine were first to recognise the resemblance and asked him to pose with a suit, tie and American flag. They took photographs and his fame spread on the internet.