Obama impersonator Reggie Brown isn't hoping for change when it comes to leadership in the Oval Office, and it has nothing to do with politics. His career depends on it.
The Chicago native has parlayed his striking resemblance to Obama into a thriving vocation as a presidential impersonator. Brown started working on his craft as Obama started to gain momentum before the 2008 election, and moved to LA shortly afterward to seek fame and fortune.
For the most part, he's found it, appearing regularly on a number of national TV talk shows such as FOX News Channel's "Huckabee" and HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," shooting commercials overseas, and copping appearance fees for being a surprise guest at conventions where he presents his fine-tuned comedy act. And more importantly, he gets love from both sides of the political aisle.
"I'm not a politician. Whether you like the president or dislike him, I want you to love me for what I'm doing," Brown says. "I don't just hit one side, I don't just bash the right or whatever, I'll hit everybody and make it fun for everyone."
Brown's fortunes tend to rise and fall based on the popularity ratings of President Obama. During the thick of the contentious health care debate, some of those gigs dried up at the last minute. And recently, in the midst of election fever, appearances in places like New Orleans have been uncomfortably silent.
Which leaves Brown wondering what's in store for his career in the next four years. On Tuesday, he'll have a better idea.
"I really am hoping for re-election for a lot of different reasons, but I would love to keep doing it as my main source of income for as long as I can," Brown says. "(I) still work with a Clinton and a Bush (impersonator) from time to time, and they're still making enough money to support themselves, so I think that whether or not the President wins, I'll still have work, but will it be at this pace? No, but I'm still going to do it as long as I can."
And if things don't go his way, there's always the potential for doing viral videos with Big Bird, who may also be looking for work.