History started with Obama: Crowd taunts and mocks President, what have we become America?
There is full blown Democratic furor over Tuffy the Rodeo Clown. The incident is being portrayed as racially motivated, and the repurcussions have been severe.
Tuffy (Facebook support page here) has been fired and banned for life from the Missouri State Fair, the announcer has resigned, the rodeo association is requiring sensitivity training, and politicians like Claire McCaskill are trying to cash in politically.
A little history is in order. The vitriol and mockery unleashed at George W. Bush is well documented, and George H.W. Bush received precisely the same rodeo treatment (even down to the broom up the rear end).
From the archives.
What does it say about America in 2013 that a Rodeo Clown is more politically mature than the prevailing political and media establishments? Via NPR:
Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a man wearing a President Obama mask was mocked, says “nothing racist was ever implied.”
“Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it’s nothing new,” Gessling has told digitalBURG, a student-run news service from the University of Central Missouri. “I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day, people on Facebook are doing it every day 10 times more than me. I was just trying to make light of the situation, that’s it.”
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