Odd Jobs: Professional Balloon Twister

Courtesy Todd Neufeld

At last week’s Independence Day celebration at the White House, not many of the 1,000-plus guests got to shake hands with the president, or even get very close. But thanks to Todd Neufeld, they got the next best thing: Obama’s balloon doppelgänger. “People were lining up to get a picture with him,” says professional balloon twister Neufeld, 38, who was responsible for the faux president, which took 25 balloons to construct. The biggest reactions and widest smiles didn’t come from kids, he says, but from the adults. Some even offered constructive criticism. “One guy looked at it and said, ‘I think Obama’s a little grayer than that,’” Neufeld laughs.

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