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Missouri Fair Clown Draws Criticism For Obama Mask

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(Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

(Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

KANSAS CITY, MO (AP/WAOK) – A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a Missouri State Fair rodeo this weekend and the announcer asked spectators if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.”

The state’s second-highest-ranking official denounced the performance in a tweet Sunday. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, said it was “disrespectful” to the president and insisted Missourians “are better than this.”

State Fair officials said the performance Saturday in Sedalia was “inappropriate” and “does not reflect the opinions or standards” of the fair.

Spectator Perry Beam says another clown ran up to the one wearing the Obama mask, pretended to tickle him and played with the mask’s lips.

Beam says the audience responded enthusiastically.

It wasn’t clear if any action will be taken against the performers.

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