Missouri rodeo group president resigns amid fallout over Obama act



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The president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association has resigned after getting flak about a State Fair event in which a rodeo clown riled up the crowd as a bull chased a masked man imitating President Obama.

An attorney for rodeo announcer Mark Ficken said Tuesday that his resignation from the group is not an acknowledgment of wrongdoing on his part but rather a protest that the association has not banned the rodeo clown from its membership.

Ficken’s resignation from the rodeo group comes as he tries to hold on to his job as superintendent of the Boonville School District. The school system announced Monday that it is hiring an investigator to look into whether Ficken was involved in any “inappropriate conduct” during Saturday’s bull riding event at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Missouri’s elected officials have denounced the rodeo clown act as disrespectful to Obama.

The event featured a man wearing an Obama mask with an upside down broomstick attached to his backside who was positioned on the arena’s dirt floor as if he were a dummy. Another clown drew cheers from the audience as he asked if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull” and made comments about the bull coming to get Obama.

Ficken’s attorney said a rodeo clown wearing a microphone — not Ficken — orchestrated the act and made most of the comments about a bull charging after Obama.

The Missouri State Fair said Monday that it has permanently banned the clown from performing at the fair.

The rodeo association, which was responsible for the event, has not publicly said what — if any — action it has taken against participants.

“When he found out that the association had no plans to remove the rogue clown from its membership ranks, (Ficken) felt that the better part of valor – given what was said – was to resign from the association,” said his Ficken’s attorney, Albert Watkins.

Neither the State Fair nor the rodeo association has identified the rodeo clown who made the comments about Obama. But a friend and relative both identified the clown as Tuffy Gessling.

“He was at our house the next day for Sunday dinner and told us that he thought people took it wrong – that it was supposed to be a joke,” said his cousin, Chrissy Gessling, of Slater, Mo.

Tuffy Gessling has not responded to Associated Press requests for an interview made through Facebook, his cousin and a friend.

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6 thoughts on “Missouri rodeo group president resigns amid fallout over Obama act

  1. disrespectful to Obama.? This clown was just telling it like it is. Obama is disrespectful to the entire nation. His wife even worse with her never ending vacations. Time for impeachment for being evil, along with crimes against humanity.

  2. Obomba can kill an innocent 16 year old American with a drone strike, after killing his father without a trial. How many innocent foreign men, women, and children have been killed by the drones? He can sit by while those at Benghazi were killed. Let’s face it, Obomba has ALL kinds of blood on his hands. And yet, someone puts a clown face on, and is treated like the worst terrorist on earth?? This PC group of people just makes me sick. I would’ve cheered if it was Biden, or Feinstein, or Pelosi, or Bush, or Boehner, or ANY of these POS politicians who are working so hard to get us under the NWO Bolshevik communism that they so love. And I do belief all those I mentioned are white-so it is NOT about race with me. Glad Mark Twain isn’t alive now, or he’d be facing a drone strike for sure!

  3. Commies played the race card…..figures. Whining whimps b!tch about a clown mask while the country goes to sh!t over real problems.

  4. Obama is not a clown,he is a TRAITOR. And so is the scum that protect him! Over the years how many plastic masks have we seen of presidents and how many times have we seen a reaction like this. This current administration is enough to make a maggot puke!

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