Peggy Noonan: Obama should defend blackface rodeo clown

  1. 0
    Peggy Noonan claimed that the cost of Obamacare is why a rodeo clown wore an Obama mask as the announcer asked, "Who wants to see Obama run down by bulls?"
    August 13, 2013, 5:16 PM
    The High Cost of ObamaCare

    This is the reason many people don’t like ObamaCare. It’s also part of why people wind up making fun of the president at state fairs. ...

    ... Let me suggest a classy Obama move that might go over well. From his Vineyard vacation spot he should have the press office issue a release saying his reaction to finding out a rodeo clown was rudely spoofing him, was, “So what?”

    Say he loves free speech, including inevitably derision directed at him, and he does not wish for the Missouri state fair to fire the guy, and hopes those politicians (unctuously, excessively, embarrassingly) damning the clown and the crowd would pipe down and relax. This would be graceful and nice, wouldn’t it?

    He would never do it. He gives every sign of being a person who really believes he shouldn’t be made fun of, and if he is it’s probably racially toned, because why else would you make fun of him?...

    http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/201...-of-obamacare/


    NPR on the story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/...ys-rodeo-clown
  2. 101 Comments so far...

  3. 5
    People who know anything at all about rodeoing and the clowns would know that being mocked by the clown crew is a good thing. It means you have arrived, you are important. With that comes the requirement for thicker skin than some have these days.

    But no! We have the usual bunch turning over pebbles at work again.
    GrnTea, DroogieRN, VivaLasViejas, and 2 others like this.
  4. 2
    I've only attended one rodeo in person. I was 12 and we cousins all tried to catch a greased pig.
    I felt foolish and had very dirty clothes.
    I didn't think the clowns were funny.

    I guess it is up to the people who were there.

    What I was posting about was the opinion that the clown show was in response to HEALTH CARE???????
    Does anyone understand why she thought this? The author is on TV almost every Sunday morning.
    Last edit by herring_RN on Aug 15, '13 : Reason: typo. on is not the number one
    Not_A_Hat_Person and OCNRN63 like this.
  5. 3
    Because Obamacare is going to bankrupt America and some of us are frustrated and some of us are angry and some of us are scared.

    Peggy's right - if Obama would do what she is asking, he would win some respect.

    I've been to many rodeos . . a rodeo clown is very important to keep the cowboys/cowgirls safe. And he/she uses humor.

    Regular clowns - I'm not crazy about them.
    DroogieRN, VivaLasViejas, and tntrn like this.
  6. 1
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    Because Obamacare is going to bankrupt America and some of us are frustrated and some of us are angry and some of us are scared.

    Peggy's right - if Obama would do what she is asking, he would win some respect.

    I've been to many rodeos . . a rodeo clown is very important to keep the cowboys/cowgirls safe. And he/she uses humor.

    Regular clowns - I'm not crazy about them.
    Do you really think the rodeo clown did this because of healthcare?
    OCNRN63 likes this.
  7. 2
    Such short memories: Obama and the dems continue to blame Bush for everything that has happened in the past 200 hundred years. And now when Obama gets blamed for something HE did, that HE wanted, that HE is hell bent on forcing it upon us, they cry foul? Really?
    DroogieRN and VivaLasViejas like this.
  8. 1
    Quote from herring_RN
    Do you really think the rodeo clown did this because of healthcare?
    No. I think he did it because clowns regularly now and have for the past 100 years or more, made fun of political figures. It's part of what they do.

    Linking that poking of fun to being run down by a bull? It's a freaking rodeo for crying out loud. Of course. That was funny. Again, people who know nothing about rodeos and the clown history should learn first and speak later.
    herring_RN likes this.
  9. 1
    More than just rodeo clowns and rednecks are not happy with Obamacare.

    Shocker: New Survey Finds Nearly Every Federal Employee Rejects ObamaCare - Forbes

    I haven't been able to find a statement from the gentlemen who was the rodeo clown that day so I don't know exactly what he was thinking. Evidently he's been permanently barred from Missouri Fairs, which is overkill and subsequent folks have to undergo sensitivity training.

    My take is yes, many of us are very frustrated by Obama's policies and the economy will take a huge hit that it cannot afford when Obamacare gets fully implemented. Of course, Obama is allowing many companies to opt out. But not the common folks like you and me.

    So yeah, for now I think he and the announcer were merely venting the frustration many of us are feeling and it certainly doesn't merit the investigation that the NAACP is calling for.
    tntrn likes this.
  10. 1
    Quote from tntrn
    No. I think he did it because clowns regularly now and have for the past 100 years or more, made fun of political figures. It's part of what they do.

    Linking that poking of fun to being run down by a bull? It's a freaking rodeo for crying out loud. Of course. That was funny. Again, people who know nothing about rodeos and the clown history should learn first and speak later.
    You can tell you and I have been to a few rodeos.
    tntrn likes this.
  11. 1
    Oh, c'mon, people! It's a rodeo clown by Andrew Malcolm - Investors.com

    It must be August in these United States. How else to explain all the ridiculous high dudgeon over the rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair wearing an Obama mask?
    OMG, someone mocking the arrogant Oval Office guy, as late-night comedians do most weekdays now. (Leno: Obama out on his 'Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour.' Don’t confuse that with his first term 'Jobs & Missed Opportunities Tour.')
    C’mon, America. This is the country that began with a Revolution, thumbing its nose at a monarch for George’s sake. It’s humorous here when someone makes fun of authority figures. Every president for decades has had his face turned into a grotesque Halloween mask. Or worse...........

    .....Now, admittedly, the brief rodeo skit wasn’t as entertaining as that episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” last year that featured the severed head of President George W. Bush on a stake
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Aug 15, '13
    DroogieRN likes this.


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors
Top