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Meet The Guy Who Pretended To Be Obama At The Inauguration Dress Rehearsal

The guy who was playing Biden would have been a little more convincing if he didn’t have a mustache.

1. Presidential inaugurations are a big deal, so they get dress rehearsals.

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2. There were actors portraying President Obama, the first lady, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at the rehearsal.

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3. They kind of sort of look like the real thing but mostly they don’t but it’s OK because they have name tags.

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4. Air Force Staff Sgt. Serpico Elliott stood in for President Obama.

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5. He did a very good job holding his right arm at the square.

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6. He put his left arm on a padfolio. The real President Obama won’t be sworn in using a padfolio. He’ll actually use two Bibles, one owned by Abraham Lincoln and the other by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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7. Chief Justice John Roberts will be administering the oath to President Obama, but for the dress rehearsal, this guy in a black fleece did it.

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8. During the 2009 dress rehearsal, the actors didn’t get to use a padfolio and the font used for their name tags was Impact.

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9. The real 57th Inauguration will be held January 21.

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