The young and handsome Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who is running for Obama’s former senate seat, is fighting for his political life.
He bought a $26,000 Ford hybrid with money from a college investment fund that he oversees, a fund that lost $85 million last year. Giannoulias claims the car was a marketing expense.
“This is a vehicle that is used for Bright Star marketers to travel the state, to talk about the program,” Giannoulias told the press.
Uh-huh, sure they do. Just like my friend “works” during his vacations (ahem, tax write off).
But that’s not the point of this post.
Giannoulias is pals with President Obama; they play basketball together. If you watch Giannoulias answer questions about the college fund scandal, he sounds and acts exactly like his buddy, Barack Obama.
The timing, mannerisms, phraseology—all of it—mirrors the president.
If his political career doesn’t work out—and let’s be honest, it’s Illinois, of course he’ll get out of this one, (he’s already squirmed out of one scandal involving organized crime), but just in case—he could replace Fred Armisen, another Chicagoan, as Saturday Night Live’s resident Obama impersonator.
Here’s the video of the Obama impersonator, sorry, I mean Giannoulias. He starts his Obama impersonation—sorry, he starts talking—at the 35 second mark, then the 56 second mark and finally at 1:35 into the video.