Well, I found another person who's seen the Choice Hotels ad and I'm told it isn't Barack Obama. Pity, the speculation was fun. It is a lookalike, though. When I told my wife it probably wasn't Obama she said, "Really, it sure looks like him."
As I said in the first post on the topic "If it is not Mr. Obama, and just really superior animatronics, a product of Pixar, a clone or John Edwards in black-face - there's a lawsuit in the offing." We'll see.
It does seem to be appearing on Fox News Channel, so I hope to get another look at it.