Speaker to wax presidentially for WinterJam

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The first time it happened he was setting up for a VIP speaker, Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

John Morgan traded his job at his parents' appliance store to do stand-up comedy impersonations of President Bush.  Special
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John Morgan traded his job at his parents' appliance store to do stand-up comedy impersonations of President Bush.

"Has anybody said you look like 'W'?" John Morgan recalled being asked.

Mr. Morgan, an Orlando, Fla.-based double for Mr. Bush, traded his job working in his parents' appliance store to do stand-up comedy impersonations of the president.

He will appear at WinterJam at 7 p.m. Thursday at James Brown Arena.

NewSong, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson, Britt Nicole, Tony Nolan and Sanctus Real will also perform at the event.

Face to face with the president years later, Mr. Morgan told Mr. Bush that it was an honor to be his look-alike.

"I feel sorry for you," he recalled the president replying.

After he decided his face was his calling, Mr. Morgan began working with videos of the president to hone his delivery.

He said he is confident he owes his new career to divine providence.

"I couldn't have created my own face or given myself the gift of standing in front of large crowds and yucking it up without nervousness," he said in a recent telephone interview from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Mr. Morgan plans to add more character impersonations to his act after Mr. Bush leaves office, he said.

Mr. Morgan said that he voted for the man he impersonates.

Mr. Morgan's family gets into the act. His sons portray Secret Service agents, and his wife owns a Laura Bush wig.

In the short term, he and his wife are working up a state of the union on marriage. They will perform a parody of I Got You Babe, lacing it with genuine advice, he said.

Asked about the political plans of the president's brother, Mr. Morgan said Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won't run for president in 2008.

When Mr. Morgan asked the governor about that, he said, he got the reply: "Brother, I'm bushed."

For more information, visit Mr. Morgan's Web site, georgebushimpersonator.com.

Reach Virginia Norton at (706) 823-3336 or virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.

WINTERJAM

Who: NewSong, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson, Britt Nicole, Tony Nolan, Sanctus Real and John Morgan


Where: James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St.


When: 7 p.m. Thursday; doors open at 6 p.m.


Cost: $10, but no ticket is required.


Telephone: (706) 722-3521

Online Extra: Click here to hear Jeremy Camp sing Beyond Measure, from his album Jeremy Camp.

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The Knave 02/03/07 - 02:16 pm
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I notice that the

I notice that the impersonator has perfected the smirk. I wonder if his brain cells have similarly atrophied?

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