So far, Obama impersonations have been thin on the ground. This is partly because impressions tend to be less than complimentary and Mr Obama is POPULAR (at least, for the moment). But it is also due to the fact that to do an effective impersonation, you need to be able to copy the subject’s MANNERISMS. And Obama only HAS one.
Would-be Obama impressionists take note: when he gives a speech, his head is like a low-animation cartoon. It has just three positions. Up and left – briefly down and centre, to consult his notes/autocue – then up and right. Then back again (he gives good profile).
It’s kinda like a bird feeding.
Of course, when doing an interview or piece to camera, he faces front, smiling often (he’s got a nice smile, hasn’t he?)
So that’s IT.
Bush was easy to ape (particularly since he LOOKED like one). He held himself with elbows wide – like an old-fashioned strongman – and did that silly chuckle (but then, no-one CARED how dumb the impressionists made HIM look).
However, Barack Obama needs no such posturing. His dignity and humour carry him through.
But it makes him a bugger to mimic!