Rodeo Clown In Obama Mask Sparks Outrage, Apologies

Source: Mark Memmott / NPR

“It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally.”

That’s the reaction of spectator Perry Beam to Saturday’s appearance at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo., of a rodeo clown wearing a mask meant to look like President Obama and what happened during his performance.

Videos that Beam took show some of the scene and capture some of what the rodeo announcer and another clown were saying. The Kansas City Starhas posted two of the clips on its YouTube channel.

In one, the announcer says, “Obama’s gonna have to just stay there … Obama watch out for those bulls.” Another voice can then be heard saying “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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