Yesha Callahan

Missouri Fair Clown’s Obama Act Comes Under Fire

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Some clown thought it was a good idea to appear as President Obama during the Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend. Then another clown, masquerading as the announcer, thought it was an even better idea to ask spectators if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.”

But the state’s second highest  ranking official didn’t find the antics amusing.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder denounced the performance in a tweet Sunday. He said it was “disrespectful” to the president. “We are better than this,” the Republican tweeted.

State Fair officials said the show in Sedalia was “inappropriate” and “does not reflect the opinions or standards” of the fair. “We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday’s rodeo badly missed that mark,” they said in a statement Sunday.

One spectator said once the clown came out, everybody was in an uproar screaming with excitement.

“It was at that point I began to feel a sense of fear. It was that level of enthusiasm,” Perry Beam, 48, a musician from Higginsville, said Sunday, referring to the reaction from the crowd that filled the fair’s grandstand.

“. . . They bring out what looks like a dummy. The announcer says ‘Here’s our Obama dummy, or our dummy of Obama. They mentioned the president’s name, I don’t know, 100 times. It was sickening. This isn’t the Republican Missouri State Fair,” Beam said. “It was cruel. It was disturbing. I’m still sick to my stomach over it. … I’m standing here with a mixed-race family. My wife’s from Taiwan, and so was the student (his family was hosting). I’ve never seen anything so blatantly racist in my life.

“If an old country boy picks up on something like that, imagine what a person of color would think.”

Where’s a bull and its horns when you need it?

  1. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    Missouri is Alabama with bad winters and less black people. This is not a surprise to me.

  2. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    This is really disgusting. The level of disrespect that this country has shown our president is deplorable.

  3. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    It’s deep seeded.

  4. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    One spectator said once the clown came out, everybody was in an uproar screaming with excitement.
    This statement says it all. Like someone said it is funny how people think it’s ok to do disrespectful acts to this President. They are doing things they wouldn’t dare think about doing to a past President. I’m glad Lt. Gov spoke up about even being a Rupublican he knew it wasn’t right.

  5. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    I told my wife about this night, and she sadly said she is almost ready for Obama’s term to be ovef because she is so tired of seeing this sort of garbage.

    • August 12, 2013 - Reply


      It’s not like this is going to stop once he leaves office though, sad to say.

  6. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    I’m not surprised this happened. I’m also not surprised that the republican lt. gov. condemned them. If republicans really want a chance with minorities (or with the moderate white voters who view the party as being racist and also won’t vote for them), then they need to be the ones condemning this behavior loudly, otherwise they continue to look like the party of rich old white men.

  7. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    with this country history with people of color…native Americans, Asians(Japanese) Mexicans, and of course African Americans…with President Obama this country WILL ALWAYS show its true colors…Missouri is not surprising

  8. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    I just heard on local media that the rodeo clown was fired and that the was performing an unauthorized act. I don’t buy this because the announcer, who is superintendent of the Boonville, MO school system, announced the whole affair. If was that surprising and shocking, why did he gleefully go along with the stunt?

  9. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    I “like” ( and when I say “like”, I mean “I find it absolutely hypothcritical) how republicans state that liberals are being too over-dramatic in reaction, whenever someone says/does something disrespectful towards the President Obama.
    And they refuse to acknowledge the incident where Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks had made the statement about George W. Bush and their reactions about that statement.

  10. August 12, 2013 - Reply

    Not surprised, again another case of people showing who they are the first time. I bet these would probably be the same group of people cheering and smiling at a lynching.

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