Missouri State Fair
Tuffy Gessling is a rodeo clown who wore a mask of President Obama at the fair, drawing national attention.
”I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”
Plenty of other executive officials and lawmakers also are expected to attend the event at the fairgrounds in Sedalia today.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he had no reaction from Obama. But he says that personally, as a native of Missouri, “It was certainly not one of the finer moments in our state.”
There was further fallout Monday from a controversy sparked Saturday night when a rodeo clown wearing a mask of President Barack Obama was taunted.
“My client is now being inundated by responsive and retaliatory action, all of which is premised on a false recital of facts. It is respectfully suggested that the media needs to cut out the bull.”
“The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull. The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather.”
More than 353,000 people attended the 11-day fair in Sedalia. Gov. Jay Nixon says a break from a particularly hot summer helped boost attendance.
The emergency program provides for the state to pay 90 percent, rather than the usual 75 percent, of the cost of drilling or deepening a well.
The fair runs from Thursday through Aug. 19.