Claire McCaskill calls rodeo event featuring clown in Obama mask ‘shameful’; Some blame Tea Party

Missouri’s Republican lieutenant governor was referring to this incident:

A clown wearing a President Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend and the announcer asked the enthusiastic spectators if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.”
State Fair officials said the show was “inappropriate” and “does not reflect the opinions or standards” of the fair. “We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday’s rodeo badly missed that mark,” they said in a statement Sunday.

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill:

Naturally, according to some, the Tea Party is to blame:

To long for the days when George W. Bush was in office and everybody was completely respectful of the president at all times. But enough overly thick sarcasm.

Larger perspective:

Good question.

  • fireandreamitchell

    Could someone please explain to me what the hell is ‘racist’ about an Obama mask for a rodeo clown? So does that mean all the Bush or Reagan masks that people used back in the day were ‘racist’ too? Obama sends his rodeo clown (Jay Carney) out daily to spin lies and no one complains.

    • OLLPOH ~ America

      …and Nixon, Clinton, Jimmy Carter masks.

      Double Standard, Not it is Their Standard.

      Remember the S e n a t o r who dressed down a General because he addressed her as ma’am and not S e n a t o r Boxer.

      And here is Barry Being A Racist – Bigot:

      Obama on White Folks Greed…
      Taken from his book and in his own words: “Dreams From My Father” page 158 of 235 PDF Form:

      “It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day
      than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year,
      where white folks’ greed runs a world in need,
      apartheid in one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere…
      That’s the world! On which hope sits!

  • Cy

    Sure glad nobody burned George Bush in effigy or hung life sized Sarah Palin dolls by the neck from a tree. It’s definitely only that racist tea party that would ever do something like this….

  • JamesHXN

    Apparently racism is so conquered in America that race hustlers have to start relabeling stupid but innocent things like this racist.

  • jkpalmdale

    Funny I do not remember them having a problem when it was a President Bush dummy

    • grais

      or a Bush assassination movie

      • jkpalmdale

        you bet

        • Teddi

          Actually, its “you betcha !”

      • momsense1

        Only one? I thought there were several. Isn’t that a criminal offence?

        • John Rebori

          Only if the President is a Democrat

    • RblDiver

      Or the Bush head on a spike in Game of Thrones.

      • jkpalmdale

        Oh yeah I forgot about that, Or Randy Rhodes calling for Bush assassination on Air America

        • syvyn11

          Did she serve any time for that? Last time I checked, threatening the president was a crime.

        • TocksNedlog


        • momsense1

          Not to mention several rappers

      • Rabiddogg

        they kind of screwed that one up. The head represented one of the rebels who tried to stop the child tyrant king Geoffrey from ascending to the throne.

    • Ntune

      Bush isn’t black

      • journogal

        Neither is Obama in the true sense considering his mom was white.

        • OLLPOH ~ America

          Buy-racial. oops…Bi-racial.

    • BlueGood

      The real CLOWN is dressed up as a President and can be seen goofing off…or Golfing OFF at any time on any fairway….

  • BoscoBolt

    The only thing that is ‘shameful’ is that obama is OCCUPYing our White House, and that there are actually people who are ignorant/uninformed/lazy enough to support and defend him as he destroys OUR country.

  • pcsears62

    Cry babies, where were all these idiots when people were wearing the Bush masks? You f!@#ing commie liberals take it like “real men”….oh I forgot, there are no real liberal men only Hilary Douchebag Clinton.

  • Rich

    The clown is in the White House not the rodeo.

  • LButler234

    The Rodeo clowns job is to distract the crowd from noticing a disaster if one occurs, that is keep the crowd occupied in the event of blood and guts. The clown keeps the bulls attention so it doesn’t focus on getting nasty with the riders. Sounds like the perfect job for O and the MSM clowns.

  • Jack Deth

    You want some cheese with that whine, Claire?

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      And tax free air travel along with that Ritz and cheddar. Don’t forget her airplane we’re suppose to pick up the tab for.

      • GLS

        More like Kashi crackers and Caciocavallo Podolico cheese.

        • Kimihiro Watanuki

          My bad :)

        • TocksNedlog

          Claire McCaskill is ‘refined’?

          Since when?

  • LochGates44

    Liberals truly do suck.

  • nc

    Wow, I never remember seeing masks of GWB or Reagan. Ever. Well, hardly ever. Hmm, now that you mention it…ALL THE TIME, as a matter of fact.

    • trixiewoobeans

      EVERY Halloween, in movies, costume parties, plays, etc. These people take themselves WAY TOO SERIOUSLY!!

    • CatHerder

      Evidently the pResidential physiognomy is now sacred. But only in his case.

  • fireandreamitchell

    It’s satire. What’s the big problem with the rodeo clown using an Obama mask? He sends out his own rodeo clown (Jay Carney) to spew lies to the American people every day and no leftist ever complains.

    • trixiewoobeans

      It’s Carney who should be wearing the Obama mask!

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Think about how appropriate Carney’s name is.

  • Catchance

    It would have made more sense to put the mask on the rear end of the bull.

  • porgiefirefighter

    “I’ve never seen anything so blatantly racist in my life.” Someone needs to get out more.

  • porgiefirefighter

    They were not laughing at the rodeo clown, they were laughing with the rodeo clown.

  • Shawn Fifield

    I wish I could say that the clown was me. Then I could say “I am a freaking CLOWN, you moron!!”

  • grais

    “…blatantly racist…?”
    That’s retarded, sir.

  • Jens Johnson

    Oh Boo F’ing Hoo, Claire. There is a history of making fun of all presidents, it isn’t racist or disrespectful, so stop getting your panties in a twist.

  • The Masked Avatar

    Did the horse photobomb the clown?

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    That was one of Obama’s “shovel ready jobs.”

  • Randall Silverman

    I agree with McCaskill and Kinder. This is such an insult to and horribly disrespectful of clowns to be compared to Obama.

  • andycanuck

    And no one ever wore a Bush mask to mock him. Never.

    • EE Smith

      But back then, it was just Speaking Truth To Power ™. It became illegal to “QUESTION AUTHORITY!” ™ back in January 2009.

      Or as we say, “It’s different when THEY do it, because shut up.”

      • theal

        Ah yes, the infamous “look-alike” from CNN’s Katrina reporting. Bill Whittle had a field day with that reporter when she attacked a TEA party member on-air for having a sign that compared Obama’s policies with Hitler’s

  • PChandler

    In a democracy, people have the right to insult, disrespect, offend, mock… etc each other and the people they elected into office.

    Gotta love it when brown-shirts, specially those with pathological psychological projection, commit Freudian slips. Thanks for showing, over and over again, how anti-democratic you sociopaths really are.

    Tras de ladrones, bufones.

    • GaryTheBrave

      You stated that we are in a democracy. We are in a republic. Everything else you stated still applies. Just correcting a too-common mistake.

    • EE Smith

      The anti-establishment types are kind of at a loss, now that THEY are the establishment.

  • Republicanvet

    Lefties are just concerned it will look bad that Obama is shown so close to bullsh!t.

  • Voice of reason

    What’s shameful is the left inability to laugh at themselves. I’ll be looking for one of these masks so I can participate in the fun.

    • Republicanvet

      Be sure to get the Acorn Beret to compliment your mask.

  • Republicanvet

    Awww Claire. Aren’t you afraid your constituents will find out you support Barky? I mean, after your last election, it appeared you wanted nothing to do with him.

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Really! She couldn’t get far enough away from him politically. Now she’s showing her true colors.

  • LinTaylor

    And the reason they aren’t blaming the COMPANY that makes the Obama masks is…?

    Also, simple response for all the yahoos rushing to pin the blame on the Tea Party: Prove it.

  • TJ

    All acts must be approved by the state even rodeo bull fighting bits. Could not find if Bush was never mocked at Rodeo because Liberals don’t go to them and are most certainly not part of the act.

  • ToyZebra

    “We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.” – H. Clinton

  • $17227379

    And where was a respect for the Presidency when a has-been band impaled a mask of Dubya?

  • LegalizeShemp

    They pulled stunts like this with Bush masks all the time, so don’t fall for this garbage. It’s funny how libs can dish it out all day, but can’t take even the tiniest insult to their fragile egos.

    • bonnieblue2A

      Anything to distract from Obamacare train wreck, Amnesty for Illegals and failure to enforce current immigration law, Benghazi and the running of arms to Al-Qaeda in Libya & Syria, IRS targeting political opposition, Deaths of Seal Team Six members! Operation Fast & Furious.

      The clown in the White House is playing us all for fools.

  • tessaprn

    OMG!! I thought I lived in American! Freedom of expression and all of that. This PC crap is old.

    • bonnieblue2A

      Welcome to the Fascist state.

      I miss America.

  • Abiss

    So Obama puts 15 MIL out of work and 25 MIL new people on food stamps, but THIS GUY, a rodeo clown, is acting ‘shamefully.’ Got it.

    • WhoMeToo

      Tweeted this!!!

    • IceColdTroll

      Well yes. He’s gainfully employed and earning money. He’s obviously a “Hater”!

    • lainer51

      Zing, Bam, Boom – you just NAILED IT

  • Nathan Hale

    There’s not a thing to apologize for. Apologizing makes you look weak. Do you see that San Diego mayor apologizing for?

    When they cry racism, you say “so what?” Fight fire with fire. Ever since some left-wing nutjob put the optional moonroof in Gabby Giffords’ head, the left has used “civility and new tone” like a nail-studded club.

  • Tuffenough1952

    The truth here is – that the masses are getting really really fed up with o-bammy . The quiet public [ the ones paying the bills ] are beginning to speak out – and it ain’t just the Tea Party folks like me –
    This causes great fear among the o-bammy lovers, and they feel that this type of action must be stopped. I say we need more.

  • Michelle

    OK, so the comments that this was shameful and disrespectful are just silly because it’s no worse than anything SNL has done for EVERY President, but that “racist” comment. FFS people! Get a grip and a dictionary. I’m just all kinds of fed up with the damn race card. There is NOTHING racist about this! It’s a rodeo having some fun playing the President as a clown – they’d do it for ANY President that was a clown, REGARDLESS of skin color. And seriously, offended at this, something soooo innocuous when the Left spent EIGHT YEARS degrading, trashing and disrepecting Bush in any way they could imagine? STFU.

  • Doreen Beisel

    Okay for Maher to call Palin the C-word
    Okay for Kathy Griffith to mock teenage girls
    Okay for Dan Savage to mock Christians
    Masked Rodeo Clown not Okay
    Go eff yourselves you progressive hypocrites!

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  • $3838536

    Haha, the clown is hilarious.

  • spepper

    Actually it’s way more apropos that someone dress as Barack Hussein Obama only on Halloween, since in both instances (the real one & the Halloween costume wearer) are implementing the SAME EXACT POLICY by demanding “extortion payments”; only difference is one is form of CANDY every Oct 31 while the other is FEDERAL TAXES, every Apr 15.

  • anjullyn

    Awww…boo hoo. We saw Bush masks ALL THE TIME, but that was okay with these hypocritical libs. They wished him dead continually, but that was okay. Now that their ox is being gored, so to speak, they’re all worried about the “respect of the presidency.” Ha ha, Ho, ho. Suck it up babies.

  • Pam Oswald

    Where was Claire last week when President Bush 43 had his stent put in and twitter was lighting up with hopes that he die? I guess that wasn’t shameful. I guess it wasn’t shameful when VP Cheney had heart transplant and masses said he should be left to die. Sorry, it’s only 7:20 a.m., and I haven’t had a full cup of coffee. I forgot you can only get away with wishing Republicans ill will. Anything else is obviously racist.

  • wwbdinct

    Yawn…. So how is that racist? A rodeo clown in an O mask? Have rodeo clowns been an oppressed minority for the past 300 years?

  • Bill Board

    I thought it was an insult to rodeo clowns just as comparing Moochelle to an ape, is an insult to apes.

  • midwestconservative

    Funny, the State Fair board is appointed by the Governor, the very Liberal @GovJayNixon.

  • reshas1

    did you speak out against the death threats to Pres Bush? #Benghazi

  • reshas1
  • RememberSekhmet

    Hey lefties, you mad, bro? Are you going to start crying? Can I have some of those sweet tears of hypocritical rage? Try peeling the “Buck Fush” bumper sticker off your car before whining about respecting the office of President.

  • jwmiller

    The Rodeo Clown is actually doing his job here. Something ole’ Caire wouldn’t know about.

  • Magnifico

    God forbid anybody mock an incompetent politician.

  • Thomas

    Why is this racist?

  • ranchdancer

    oh my goodness…Prezident is mocked…shame shame…..this man has mocked Christianity, the Constitution, the Supreme Court Justices, the people…give me a break

  • Michael

    time to double-down on the “mom’s voice” : Aug 11, 2009, “Claire McCaskill Threatens Town Hall Healthcare Opponents”

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    Race card. Every time.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Yeah, but when the clown was wearing the George W Bush mask it was A-OK, applauded even. And if anybody should stfu, it would be the corrupt mealy-mouthed Claire McCaskill.

  • Marvin Nelson

    He was wearing the mask on the wrong end-it should have been lower and to the rear. The race card is typical for libtards who support Obammy. They are the real racists, bigots, idiots, etc.

  • Voice of reason

    Hold those responsible for what? Mockery is only illegal in muslim countries or if the mocked is a dictator. Barry has stated more than once he is not a dictator or a muslim. Where’s the crime.

  • Republicanvet

    In reading the USA Today article on this shocking, heinous, egregious and public act of defiance against Duh Won, I see it was a single sniveling liberal who is still sick to his stomach over this. Bunch of leftist, hypocritical pansies.

  • Republicanvet

    I would have more respect for Preezy Azzhat if he showed more respect for the constitution and rule of law.

  • GMMI

    Now if the clown had been wearing a GWB mask, liberals everywhere would have been cheering this “political theater” stating “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”

  • TocksNedlog

    In what way, exactly, does the lieutenant governor want the governor to “hold the people responsible for the other night accountable”? Fair officials already apologized. What else do they need to do, ‘make an example’ of the clown himself?
    Friggin’ political bloviating.

  • TocksNedlog

    Was the bull wearing a Michael Moore mask?

    • Doreen Beisel

      No but what came out of its bum was

  • TocksNedlog

    “George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black.”
    — Claire McCaskill, expert on ‘shameful’ behavior

  • kateorjane

    It really gets tiresome wen the lobbies make every negative comment/opinion/etc regarding Obama about race. Are they so bigoted that they can’t accept that most of the dislike/ridicule/mockery is because people don’t like his policies, they think his plans are wrong for the nation, they think he’s a smug self-centered AH?

  • sickofitall1096

    50 million on food stamps, 90 million able bodied individuals not working, $17 trillion in debt, 80% of jobs created in 2013 part time with no benefits, Wal-mart and a Temp agency are the nation’s largest employers, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS, NSA spying, stoking racial fires…do you blame these people? When will the libturds realize that it is ALL ABOUT HIS POLICIES and what he has done to our country and constitution that makes us despise this “man” so much? If all these hypocrites are so worried about disrespecting the office they need to look no further than the Preezie and First Wookie of the US to see what real disrespect of the office of the President is all about. Those two have done more to ruin the credibility of the office and their positions than any citizen ever could.

  • Steve Rizzle

    a more appropriate location is on him bum!

  • Peyton

    I’ve been at a rodeo with a Bush mask. Not shameful, just funny.

  • TocksNedlog

    Claire McCaskill, on Obamacare:
    “I don’t know that at the end of the day if it’s going to be big government intrusion.”
    “Some are saying ‘This is a tax increase on everyone’ — of course not!”
    “It’s a huge tax cut for small businesses.”

    — CLOWN

    • Truth

      She and Pelosi sniff glue in a Capitol coat closet.

  • alanstorm

    What’s wrong with a clown portraying another clown? Copyright issues?

  • greatunconformity

    “Sticking it to the Man” is now a hate crime.

    • greatunconformity

      Close your eyes and imagine living in a world where ridiculing the most powerful military leader on the planet is seen as mean and shameful. Open your eyes, we’re there.

  • reachrenee

    If it were a GWB mask, you’d hear nothing from the left.

    • journogal

      And you didn’t. These masks are on sale during Halloween. Election year, you could either purchase either a Mitt or Obama mask. Remember, too, liberals considered the assassination film made of Bush to be art.

      • Truth

        And had no problem with GWB’s head on a pike. Yet, secret service paid Ted Nugent a visit for meaningless rhetoric.

  • iVillageIdiot

    I believe the difficulty the libs are having stems from the fact that the rodeo clown did his job, protected his fellow citizens (the rodeo participants), and pleased the public in attendance at the event. This sets the bar so high when compared to the real POTUS that it DOES seem like mockery. Clearly, the rodeo clown should have had the good sense to skip on over to Martha’s Vineyard for a vacation rather than do the job for which he was hired–imitation being the sincerest form of flattery and all.

    • Truth

      He works harder in one day than BO does in a month. I wonder how many vacations he gets to take?

  • Truth

    Where was Claire when the left mocked GWB relentlessly and much, much more disrespectfully?

  • Truth

    We’ve gotten to the point where mere humor involving a black person is a racist act. As far as I’m concerned, reparations have already been paid many times over.

  • Mikado Cat

    Obama mocked by rodeo clown, media goes nuts condemning it.

    Mural goes up in the Florida capital rotunda showing Zimmerman shooting Trayvon in the back of the head next to a bleeding Martin Luther King, hooray for first amendment rights.

  • The Jackal

    How is this racist? There’s really something wrong with you people.
    This is still a semi-free country isn’t it. F-ing Fascists. This is just how it started in Nazi Germany.
    Wake up America before it’s to late. Death to Fascism.

  • Gerald Fodor

    Of course, liberals cried ‘racism’ and blamed the Tea Party for infiltrating the Nation’s fraternity of rodeo clowns.

    Where were sensitive conservatives back in 1994, when this kind of cruelty was being perpetrated against President George H.W. Bush? The Washington Examiner tracked down the account of a reporter who witnessed that grievous event:

    The big white gate flew open. The bull came out bucking. The rider flopped from side to side and the bullfighters held back, letting the bull make his moves until the rider dropped off. Licciardello crouched in a heavily padded barrel, a human target should the bull decide to charge. Hawkins waited near the barrel, holding his big inner tube. A dummy with a George Bush mask stood beside the clown, propped up by a broomstick.

    T.J. Hawkins rolled out the big inner tube, and the bull lowered his head, shot forward and launched into the tube, sending it bounding down the center of the arena. The crowd cheered. Then the bull saw the George Bush dummy. He tore into it, sending the rubber mask flying halfway across the sand as he turned toward the fence, sending cowboys scrambling up the fence rails, hooking one with his horn and tossing him off the fence.

  • Americanmeltdown

    There goes claire again, operating under her double standard. Clair did you speak out and call those who poked fun at Bush shameful? No? When you are “shamed” by the actions of obama and the scandles he is covering up, we can talk, until then, you are only so much hot air!

  • Stan

    Where can I get a Teleprompter mask?

  • Stan

    Court jesters, or clowns, were originally SUPOSSED to make fun of the king.

  • JR48

    The only thing ‘shameful’ about Missouri is Claire McCaskill.