Rodeo Association President Had No Role In Clown’s Anti-Obama Act, Attorney Says

Source: AP / The Washington Post

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A rodeo announcer at the Missouri State Fair had no advance knowledge of a widely criticized act in which a “rogue rodeo clown” wearing a President Barack Obama mask asked the crowd if they would like to see him knocked down, an attorney said Monday.

Media accounts of the weekend bull riding event reported that an announcer asked spectators if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” Many in the audience responded with enthusiastic cheers.

Those words came not from the announcer but from a rodeo clown who was wearing a microphone, according to St. Louis attorney Albert Watkins, representing the announcer, Mark Ficken.

“He was as surprised as anyone with the appearance of an Obama-masked rodeo clown,” Watkins said of his client.

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