The ‘Mustache Mingle’: Obama fantasizes of disguise to hang out in Israel

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If you happen to walk past a café in Tel Aviv over the next week and see a familiar face – with an odd-looking mustache and perhaps “mingling” more than your average café-goer – it may be someone you know pretty well.

The scene could be U.S. President Barack Obama carrying out his “fantasy.”


Bemoaning the loss of his anonymity, the president said on Thursday that during his upcoming visit to Israel he wishes he could don a fake mustache as a disguise, and mingle.

"I’d love to sit at a cafe and just hang out," he said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 broadcast on Thursday.

"Sometimes I have this fantasy that I can put on a disguise, you know, wear a fake mustache, and I can wander through Tel Aviv and go to a bar and have a conversation, or go down to a university and meet with some students in a setting where it wasn't as formal," Obama said.

Obama said he missed the "spontaneous interactions" he once had while travelling.

"You can’t just slip out and interact with people without having a bunch of guys with machine guns with you," Obama said.

Obama's three-day trip to Israel and the West Bank begins Wednesday.

This is not the first time Obama suggested a mustache look. At a fundraiser last June, he joked that he had tried on a fake mustache early into his presidency to try to convince the Secret Service to let him walk through Central Park on his own, New York-based Enstarz entertainment website reported.

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