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Fake Osama comes within 30 feet of Bush hotel
David Edwards and Jason Rhyne
Published: Thursday September 6, 2007


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Australian comedians dressed as Osama Bin Laden and other members of the terrorist's entourage organized a phony motorcade that was stopped only 30 feet from the hotel of President Bush, who is in Sydney for a summit meeting.

"Surrounded by fake security men in black suits but lacking security passes for the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the pranksters managed to get past one important security checkpoint," AFP reports.

Two actors from the Australian satirical program "The Chaser's War on Everything" were charged by police following the stunt, which involved a motorcade of three limousines, along with 11 crew members.

"They were producing a stunt, they were producing material," said Peter Ritchie, a spokesman for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino wouldn't discuss the president's security arrangements but rolled her eyes at the stunt and said "that sounds absolutely hilarious."

The following video is from ABC's Good Morning America, broadcast on September 6.