March 19 - Mechanic is picked as best Obama look-alike in contest in Cartagena, Colombia. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Obama imposters came out in full force in Cartagena to compete in Colombia's look-alike contest. And some of these candidates had the crowd seeing double. But contestants who cut and colored their hair to clone U.S. President Barack Obama had to do more than just look the part. Ultimately, the judges voted for 32-year old mechanic Carlos Alberto Perez, who took the top prize. (SOUNDBITE) Carlos Alberto Perez, Obama look-alike winner, saying (Spanish): "I came because my boss made me and the people I work with also told me to come and I said 'How am I going to go there?' and they said to go. I got the tickets and I came. It was a really long trip to get to Barranquilla and I got a bus to Cartagena. The traffic was bad but I got here and I am happy, very happy with all of this." Perez won't be taking the oval office anytime soon, but he says the honor and the prize money are enough for him. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.