Eight Years Later, Obama The Rodeo Clown Is Still Persona Non Grata

Eight Years Later, Obama The Rodeo Clown Is Still Persona Non Grata

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Mark Memmott  August 13, 2013  NPR

Missouri State Fair officials have now banned the rodeo clown who was responsible for a performance that mocked President Obama.

Fair officials also say they are reviewing their contract with the Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association, which ran the event, and that the association’s personnel and performers must undergo sensitivity training if they are to work with the fair again. That association, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying it wishes to “extend a sincere apology for the inappropriate act during the Bull Riding at the Saturday performance of the MRCA Rodeo.”

If you haven’t heard, we posted Monday about the outrage and apologies that followed what happened at the fair Saturday. As videos taken by a spectator showed, then-Cowboy Association President Mark Ficken (the announcer at the event) could be heard saying that Obama was “gonna have to just stay there.” A clown (possibly the man in the mask) could be heard saying that a bull was coming for “Obama” and that “he’s gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha!” According to a spectator, one of the clowns “ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy.” A performer also said of Obama, “I know I’m a clown, he just run [sic] around acting like one [and] doesn’t know he is one.”

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