Is that Barack Obama greeting press waiting for corn dogs? Sure looks like him.
But actually, it’s Gerardo Puisseaux. Miami TV station WJAN-41 hired the look-alike, who posed for pictures in the bunker around the Pepsi Center, and flew him to Denver.
“Is that Obama’s brother?” one astonished attendee asked as a crowd gathered.
Mr. Puisseaux, an actor, is Cuban-born and now lives in Miami. He entertained the crowd for about 20 minutes and then left with a tray of food to head back into the Pepsi Center.
The hot Sunday-night ticket was at the Fillmore Auditorium, where hundreds of delegates, supporters and various other people who like to party attended the New Orleans Jam-Balaya, a fundraiser for the nonprofit Friends of New Orleans.
Revelers at the event had a taste of the Big Easy, with Mardi Gras beads, Cajun red beans, po’ boy sandwiches and, of course, hurricanes to drink as a lineup of New Orleans-style bands played past midnight.
Faces in the crowd included Democratic strategists James Carville and Donna Brazile, along with Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana.
“It is wonderful to have so many friends of New Orleans,” Mrs. Landrieu said. “We are keeping this issue alive for both the Democrats and the Republicans. This is a bipartisan plea for support.”
Emily Byram, executive director of the Friends of New Orleans, said the goal is to raise money and awareness. She did not say how much cash the group raised for the effort to rebuild the city.
“We mainly sold sponsorship packages to groups,” she said. “We wanted to show them a good time and show them what New Orleans has to offer.”
Protest in Pink
Protesters from the group Code Pink (motto: “Make out, not war”) prevented House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from starting her discussion at the “Unconventional Women” forum on Monday.
Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, was the among the speakers for the nonpartisan symposium urging women to use their political power, whether it was registering to vote or running for local office.
Code Pink is apparently doing just that. More than 100 women from across the country have organized here in Denver to interrupt various social and political engagements and express their anger over the war in Iraq.
“Tell the truth, Nancy,” Code Pink members shouted. “You lied to us,” they yelled, holding up a pink banner calling for the impeachment of President Bush.
“We are very disappointed in Speaker Pelosi,” said Toby Blome, a Code Pink organizer from San Francisco. “There are 35 reasons to impeach the president, and she is not allowing any of them to move forward.”
Only the armies of armed security were moving quickly in downtown Denver on Sunday. Most of the roads were closed, save for the dozens of police in full-on riot gear - think machine guns, face masks and bulletproof vests - riding the running boards 10 deep.
cItems ran during the day at the Washington Times blog Trail Times (https://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/trail-times/), featuring items from our reporters and editors in Denver.