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Monday 20 November 2017

Shoppers do double take at impersonator

Kevin Keane

WITH US secret service agents lurking on street corners from Dublin to Moneygall, shoppers would have been forgiven for believing their eyes.

Obama-mania had started early but this was a case of "change you couldn't believe in".

Complete with a White House-style lectern, identikit Obama suit and a well practised cadence, Dubliner Aaron Heffernan looked every bit the young Barack Obama as he entertained passers-by on Dublin's Grafton Street yesterday. Or so he hoped.

"It started when I acted in a 24-hour musical for the Trinity College Players where we basically write, rehearse and perform a play in a single day," the 21-year-old student told the Irish Independent.

"We did 'Obama-mia' and I played Obama in that."

The success of the play, which eventually travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, encouraged Mr Heffernan to allow his life to imitate his art.

He ran as the US president for the position of Student Union president in Trinity College this year. With the slogan 'I Guess We Can?', the drama student came close to being elected.

"It looked like we were going to get a good few votes so I dropped out the night before the vote," Mr Heffernan said.

"We were actually afraid that we were going to win and we didn't want to because it was just a big joke," he explained.

The student pulled out his Obama suit again this week when he was one of a handful of TCD students selected to meet Queen Elizabeth.

"I got a nice little photograph so I was pretty happy with that, I had the little Obama suit on and everything," he said.

But he conceded that the queen didn't mistake him for the US commander in chief

"She'd know better."

Irish Independent

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