A clown dressed up as President Barack Obama at the Missouri State Fair is drawing criticism from both parties and vows to boycott future state fairs.
The clown came out in an Obama mask during the fair, right before the bull riding event, and the announcer “wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull,” according to Perry Beam, who was there.
“The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather,” said Beam on his Facebook page. “One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy. Finally, a bull came close enough to him that he had to move, so he jumped up and ran away to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands.”
Word of the event quickly got out after the account was posted on the websites Show Me Progress and the Daily Kos.
Ashland, Missouri resident Jeff Mazur said he’s not going to attend the fair now after planning to go with friends and family followed by Jeremy LaFaver, a Republican U.S. representative. Another official, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said he would still attend but implored Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to “hold the people responsible for the other night accountable.”
State representative Caleb Rowden said he doesn’t agree with what happened either.
“I don’t agree w/ this Prez on many things. But he is deserving of respect and shouldn’t be the object of political stunts,” he wrote on Twitter. “Out of line!”