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Obama here? ..surely not

PUBLISHED: 10:42 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 25 August 2010

DOUBLE TAKE: Christian poses outside Kent’s White House. He says with a little more up top he’d be the perfect match – so we gave him some extra thatch to enhance his lookalike status.

DOUBLE TAKE: Christian poses outside Kent's White House. He says with a little more up top he'd be the perfect match - so we gave him some extra thatch to enhance his lookalike status.

HOURS before being sworn in as America s first black president Barack Obama posed for the camera outside north Kent s very own White House.

HOURS before being sworn in as America's first black president 'Barack Obama' posed for the camera outside north Kent's very own White House.

And while millions around the world watched the historic moment on TV, Barack - aka 44-year-old care assistant Christian Dixon - was reflecting on a bizarre few months during the race to the White House.

Since the Democrat president entered the election battle in October 2007, Christian has been inundated with people stopping him after mistaking him for Mr President, the Times can EXCLUSIVELY reveal.

The lookalike, who works at both the Dartford and Gravesend campus of North West Kent College, said he would happily ditch his job to become a full-time look-alike of the charismatic leader.

He said: "You wouldn't believe it, so many people have stopped me in the street to tell me I look like Barack Obama.

"It literally happens all the time. They get pictures of Obama out and show them to me. Even my own family won't stop going on about it.

"I can definitely see the resemblance - if I had a little more on top, I would be a perfect match!"

He added: "I would definitely pursue a career as a look-alike, why not?"

Mr Dixon works four days a week at the Dering Way, Gravesend campus and another at the Oakfield Lane site in Dartford, where students from north Kent and south east London attend.

Remarkably, the Dartford campus even has its own White House - or K Block to give it its official name. Staff and students came up with the nickname for the building, which dates back to 1895 and is the only building that will remain after the college is renovated.

Mr Dixon, from Walderslade, near Chatham, said: "I'm 44 and Obama is the 44th president of America and we've got the White House at the college - it's like it was meant to be!

"Some people actually think I am Obama and have come to visit the people of North West Kent! I'm very happy at all the attention actually, I don't mind at all.

"All I have been hearing from the kids at the college is 'It's Barack Obama!'. I'm going to have to employ an armed guard and get bullet-proof glass in my car," he joked.

Around two million people were present for the inauguration of President Obama on Tuesday, as he took over the leadership from George W Bush.

Mr Dixon added: "I wish him all the best. He seems like a very nice man. Can he make a difference? I believe he can. Good luck to him."

elizabeth.thornton@archant.co.uk

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