While we were preoccupied with phony scandals like the Benghazi massacre, Fast and Furious, IRS persecution of the president’s political opponents, and so on, an honest-to-goodness real scandal was unfolding at the Missouri State Fair: Clowngate.
Yes, if you can believe it, a rodeo clown actually had the unmitigated gall to poke fun at President Obama — something that had never happened to any president before in recorded history. And that single act has provoked more outrage from the chattering classes than did the violent deaths of Brian Terry, Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith combined. Too bad the clown lacked the presence of mind to blame the whole fiasco on an internet video.
For his transgression, the hapless soul was fired from his job, and no doubt will soon be collecting unemployment checks and food stamps. Rodeo clown jobs created or saved: zero.
Matt Walsh responded by writing the following letter to the president:
Dear President Obama,
I’m reaching out to you as a friend. I know you must be deeply hurting after what happened at the Missouri State Fair. Sure, you probably try to avoid watching the news while you’re on vacation, but I’m sure the pilot who airlifted your dog to your rental mansion in Martha’s Vineyard probably caught you up to speed (that guy is such a chatterbox). Your jaw must have hit the floor when you heard the news: A rodeo clown in Missouri poked fun at you. Yeah, I know, almost impossible to believe. The gall! The gumption! The racism! Don’t worry, the entire country erupted in outrage, Democrats and Republicans issued statements of condemnation, and now the offending clown has been banned for life from the Missouri State Fair. There will likely be “action taken” against the Missouri Rodeo Clown Association, and I do hope justice is visited upon them swiftly. I think we’re all a little sick of the Missouri Rodeo Clown Association causing trouble. It’s something new every week with those freakin’ guys.
But all of this is of no consolation. The fact is, a rodeo clown in Missouri made fun of you. Nothing can ever ease the pain he has caused. This sort of crass lampooning of public officials has never happened at a rodeo until now, and I know that because a bunch of people who have never been within 150 miles of a rodeo said so. And then — worse still — the crowd erupted in applause at the spectacle of a guy in an Obama mask being chased by a rampaging bull. Racists, the lot of ‘em! I mean, Bush never got this sort of treatment. Nobody ever mocked or satirized him. No crude jokes were told about him. Nobody ever wished violence or death upon him. Ever. You know why? Because he’s white. White presidents always get treated nicely, especially white Republicans. Just ask Lincoln. The whole country agreed for over two centuries that we don’t ever insult presidents, then you get into office and all of a sudden every day is Pick on the President Day. (continue reading)
For further enlightenment:
Rodeo Clown Forces Decimated and on the Run, by John Hayward