Rodeo clown mocks Obama at Missouri State Fair

Rodeo clown mocks Obama at Missouri State Fair
Jameson Hsieh
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POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 8:24am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 12:46pm

A rodeo stunt at the Missouri State Fair has come under criticism after a clown donned a Barack Obama mask and stuck a broom up his backside.

The stunt took place during the bull riding competition on Saturday night.

Rodeo announcer Mark Ficken, president of the Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association and a school superintendent, announced a special guest: "President Obama."

Working up the crowd, Ficken said, "We're going to stomp Obama now."

"As soon as this bull comes out, Obama, don't you move," he said. "He's going to getcha, getcha getcha, getcha."

A clown on the arena floor chimed in: "Hey, I know I'm a clown. He's just running around acting like one. Doesn't know he is one."

The stunt sickened Perry Beam, who came to the fair in Sedalia with his wife and a student from Taiwan to "give him a little piece of Americana."

Beam likened the atmosphere to a Klan rally

"It wasn't clean; it wasn't fun. It was awful; it was sickening," Beam said, "It was racist."

The student, Jameson Hsieh, recorded a video of the incident, but had little to say afterward.

"He didn't say anything. We rode all the way home in silence," said Beam, who lives 50 miles away in Higginsville. "We were just ashamed, and he didn't ask any more questions. I think he had seen enough. It is just disgusting."

Condemnation came from organizers and politicians alike.

The board of directors at Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association issued an apology.

"The Sport of Rodeo is not meant to be a political platform. We are taking measures by training and educating our contract acts to prevent anything like this from ever happening again," a statement on the group's website said. "All Members of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association are very proud of our Country and our President."

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder called for those responsible to be held accountable.

"I condemn the actions disrespectful to POTUS (President of the United States) the other night," in a post to his official Twitter account. "We are better than this."

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill echoed Kinder.

"The State Fair is funded by taxpayer dollars, and is supposed to be a place where we can all bring our families and celebrate the state that we love," she said. "But the young Missourians who witnessed this stunt learned exactly the wrong lesson about political discourse, that somehow it's ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt, and joke about harming the President of our great nation."

CNN's Dave Alsup contributed to this report

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Racism is alive and well...and there are probably those in this area that see nothing wrong with this despicable show of absolute disrespect for the President of the United States...un-American, unbelievable, un-Christian (or any other religion represented in this country), and disgraceful...this will be shown around the world...another example that this country is full of nasty, stupid and racist radicals. Are YOU proud of this reputation?

Hate to tell you but this is not racism so quit trying to play the race card, they ran that into the ground in the Martin case and the guy was not even white, so give us a break, this is people fed up with the crooks in office and what they are doing to this country and its people. People all over the world hate obummer almost as much as we do. Obummer is un-American as you can see in the results of his presidency.

We are not proud of our president, he is a joke and should have been impeached long ago, he belittles the very concept of this once great country, continuously taking this country to new all time lows, this country has never been in this bad of shape not even in the Great Depression. The clown hit the nail right on the head and if Beam cannot see that then he is dumber than a rock.

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