After a close-fought contest involving more than 200 candidates, President Obama came second in the White House Halloween President Obama Lookalike Fancy Dress Ball.
The winner was a Secret Service agent dressed like the President, as part of new White House security measures. All White House Secret Service agents are now required to wear President Obama costumes to confuse would-be intruders.
“I’m honored to win the contest, but very surprised. I just stepped into the party to go to the bathroom. The next thing I knew I was being applauded for looking like the President,” said the agent, who prefers to remain anonymous.
In his concession speech President Obama congratulated the winning candidate, and thanked his staff for their unstinting work to make him look like himself.
“Coming second in such a strong field is no mean feat,” said the President, and vowed to work harder to resemble himself more closely.