COLAB, the conservative North County group headed by Andy Caldwell, has come under scrutiny— specifically within the San Luis Obispo New Times‘s “Shredder” column—for inviting Steve Bridges, a white man, to perform as President Barack Obama at its annual dinner. Bridges is a longtime presidential impersonator, and also impersonated Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. COLAB had Bridges perform a few years ago as Bush, and Caldwell said his act, while filled with digs at each of the presidents, is “respectful of the office.”


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