by Max Brantley
Lots of buzz this morning about a story from the Missouri State Fair, where a rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask delighted the crowd when the announcer suggested that the Obama clown be run down by a bull.
Some spectators were not amused. And some politicians, including at least one Republican, have said the joking about doing violence to the president, even in clown form. was in bad taste.
You might remember that rodeo clowns roughing up an Obama effigy made news in Greenwood, Arkansas last year, with a similar divergence of opinion. A Siloam Springs club had discouraged the same act a few years earlier.
In Missouri, a spectator said the crowd went wild when the announcer started talking about having the bull run "Obama" down. He said the announcer mentioned Obama's name dozens of times. "It was sickening,” he said. “It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally you’d see on TV.”
It's impossible to tell from the story if the Missouri fair featured any of the same people — announcer or clowns — who performed in Arkansas.