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In Indonesia, an Obama look-alike

Indonesian Obama look-alike Ilham Anas chats with his colleagues in his office in Jakarta January 17, 2009.

By Michael D. Shear
The people of Jakarta, Indonesia, are eagerly awaiting President Obama's arrival next week. But in the meantime, Ilham Anas will do.

The 34-year-old Jakarta resident looks uncannily like Obama. Same toothy grin. Same thick eyebrows and complexion. Same hair, cropped close around a pair of big ears. 

His picture has spread around the Internet -- cue the birthers -- usually positioned next to a similar one of the U.S. president

A BBC report on Anas last year noted that the photographer has appeared in television commercials and on talk shows, and is hoping to, someday, meet his look-a-like.

No word from the White House about whether that's a possibility during the upcoming trip.

By Michael D. Shear  |  March 11, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Barack Obama  
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He has the same look of honest sincerity in his eyes. Maybe they do share a bit of DNA somewhere along the line.

Posted by: TomCamfield | March 12, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

there you go obama... 'romanzick' will accept you and hopefully give us our chicken in trade.

good luck obama in indonesia. maybe you can find a community organizer job down there.. but honestly? i heard they will have you picking mangos to present to hillary "SNIPERS ARE FIRING AT ME!" clinton when she visits your new country...

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | March 12, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama youre always welcome to Java Indonesia. It will be our pleasure to make greetings to the old-mate. i hope you can also visit your old elementary school here

Posted by: romanzick | March 12, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

NEWSFLASH, Indonesia - It was reported tonight that a large number of Americans approached officials in Indonesia with a plan to exchange their president, Barack Obama, for their look-alike Ilham Anas.

Answered the Indonesian officials, "We will exchange Ilham Anas for Barack Obama, but only if you include in the deal, 1 u.s. chicken."

The American's replied, "You strike a hard bargain Indonesia, but we agree. We will give you Barack Obama and 1 chicken, in exchange for his look-alike, Ilham Anas."

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | March 12, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

"Barry will sell those watermelons if it harelips everybody on Bear Creek."
- Dan Rather the Penitent

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 11, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

"My boy Barry is a light-skinned Nìgra"
- Harry the horse's asp Reid

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 11, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Not to be disrespectful to Mr. Anas - but OUR PRESIDENT Barack Obama is way better looking.

Posted by: natalia1 | March 11, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

"The USA is what on earth is the reason for this trip????"

To change Indonesia into a Christina nation of course.

PRAISE THE LOWARD! ( Ernest Angley)

Posted by: larmoecurl | March 11, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Gee. The Christians are out in full force today.

Posted by: larmoecurl | March 11, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I am waiting for WaPo to do a story on George Obama the drug dealer in Kenya.

He looks much more like Barry, being his half-brother and all

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 11, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Dear Washington Post:

All non-white people do not look alike. Toothy grin, thick eyebrows, close cropped hair and ears (Mr. Anas' ears do not look "big" to this viewer) do not make a match. Thank goodness you don't handle police lineups. Otherwise, every brownskinned man would be pulled off the street, because he "fit the profile."

And besides, after the stellar reporting you guys with the "Obama's Muslim Ties" fiasco during the primaries, you probably should be careful. Last time, you cued not only the birthers, tenthers, haters, KKK, bitter clingy people, and darn near Hillary Clinton (No, he's not a Muslim.... as far as I know.)

Posted by: jade_7243 | March 11, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: mpg515 | March 11, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

yes that's right anas look like mr. obama and if you need to see detail in indonesia you must go this information Obama visit in Indonesia Java International Destination

Posted by: brigitadarwin | March 11, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Indonesian and BHO look like more than half of the men in the world's population! Both of them look like big liars!

Posted by: crowne2 | March 11, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

One stinking Obama is enough.

Posted by: MisterGuerilla | March 11, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

most likely this look-alike has as much executive and leaderships experience as obama-rahama.

do the fools of america YET know of how little value obama's ability to name capitals of european countries is, or his knack at nailing miller's analogies.

so ............n what. do YOU get it , yet?

Posted by: elvinjones1 | March 11, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need; more racist identity comparisons.

they really look quite different.

more pandering to those with grudges and ignorant racial biases.

Posted by: forestbloggod | March 11, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

His picture has spread around the Internet -- cue the birthers -- usually positioned next to a similar one of the U.S. president.

then we need to cue Dottydo. Next to Orly Taitz, i'd say she comes close to being queen of the nutty birthers

Posted by: vwcat | March 11, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Dottydo said: "Hidden History isn't going away, FYI, and it is in fact now the biggest camapign issue out there."

Yeah, sure it is, for the camapigs anyway.

Posted by: laboo | March 11, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Number 2 looks more honest than number one.

Hidden History isn't going away, FYI, and it is in fact now the biggest camapign issue out there.

Posted by: dottydo | March 11, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Indonesia, you can have Barack Hussein Obama as long as you want to!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 11, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

obozo the clown knows he doesn't have long before we find him out and impeach him so he might as well vacation all over the World on Air Force One with his entourage.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | March 11, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

uh oh, now you'll hear Obama is not really black.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 11, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The USA is what on earth is the reason for this trip????
No press seems to have an answer to the question.

Posted by: dottydo | March 11, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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