A small incident, not even worthy of a news story, but blown out of proportion by the left and their ilk--a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair wore an Obama mask--and the crowds loved it. But, of course, progressives cannot tolerate criticism of their dear leader:
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) were among the politicians who condemned the rodeo clown who wore a mask of President Obama and asked the crowd if they wanted to see the president “run down by a bull.”
The incident took place at the Missouri State Fair over the weekend. Clay issued a statement saying the act showed “an ugly face of intolerance.”The rodeo clown responsible for the incident has been permanently banned from the Missouri State Fair.
However, in looking around the web, it is clear that the leftist are, once again, engaged in a double-standard. Weasel Zippers notes this from the Washington Examiner:
Instapundit reminds us of a book by Kendall Kraus called "The Assassination of President Bush--A Love Story." I came across this article of a leftist artist whining because his art was pulled from a county fair as "hate speech" because it portrayed Pres. G.W. Bush as responsible for 9/11. Also, via Twitchy, this article about a homeowner in 2008 who had hung Sarah Palin in effigy as part of a Halloween display. And don't forget how Vanity Fair pictured Pres. Bush as the Joker on one of their covers, and Shepard Fairey depicted Bush as a vampire and his "Obey" poster. Remember the snit over the "Obama:Socialism" poster?
But in 1994, Douglas A. Campbell, a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer chronicled a rodeo clown even featuring George H.W. Bush.
From the report:
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.
While looking for some of the anti-Bush art, I came across the funniest thing--a poster labeling Bush as a big loser because when Bush came to office, there was a $127 billion surplus, but after 4 years of Republican control, the deficit was $455 billion. That's just chump change, now. So I guess that makes Obama the biggest loser.