Is America Listening To The Wrong Clown?



You’d think that, after all the needless hoopla over his innocent pantomime of President Barack Obama earlier this month at the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association finals, entertainer Tuffy Gessling – who’s been barred from ever taking part in the event again – would be a sad clown. But you’d be wrong.

Gessling spoke with CBS affiliate KCTV-5 in Kansas City Monday, offering a dose of rationality in the same mainstream media forum that has spent the past two weeks manipulating emotionally volatile racist detractors into an indignant frenzy. He said he’s received both support and scorn, but just wants everyone to step back and realize we live in a pretty great Nation – one that’s safe and comfortable enough to allow idle citizens the leisure to view trifles like his clown act as a five-alarm cultural fire.



“I actually think that a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh,” said Gessling, who’s been the target of anonymous threats to his life and property. “Look at the country as a whole, there is a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh.”

The intrepid reporters at KCTV asked Gessling which political party he identified with, hoping to reveal a motive for his harmless (and time-honored) politically-flavored stunt.

“I am a rodeo clown,” he responded. “I didn’t do this to do any hating on anyone. I did this to be funny. I did it to be a joke… I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done 15 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago, when we’ve done it with Bush, Clinton and Ronald Reagan.”

By now you know what Gessling is supposedly guilty of: donning a mask of President Barack Obama’s face and allowing himself to be the slapstick target of a charging bull – complete with fanfare from the public address announcer and a second rodeo clown.

The racist allegations baffle Gessler, who said politicians have always provided a reliable stream of clown fodder. Gessler said he wasn’t seeing the President’s color when he and his clown friends skewered him – he just saw the man who’d been elected to the highest political office in the land.

“I never did anything because of anybody’s race. I don’t care what color somebody is. If they’re blue, white, green, polka dotted, striped … it doesn’t bother me one bit,” he said.

In fact, Gessling said he respects the office of the Presidency and would view any encounter with the real President Obama as an honor.

“If President Obama turns out [at one of my performances], I would be honored to shake his hand,” he said.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • equestrian_colt

    why explain your actions to these cowards and traitors to America all they are is whiny cry baby anti everything drama gods who are so stuck sucking Odumbass’s anus they have no clue what is going on in reality. I’ll say it for you bud All DEMOCRAPS if you can’t handle FREEDOM get the F out of the U.S. Before we force you cowards out. If you don’t like that to Fing bad go back and suck on Odumbass’s anus and cry to him. If you want to stay in America shut your fing mouth go cower in a corner peeing yourself every time you here a scary noise and mind your own Fing business.

    • garygerke

      RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • Bill

      Good analogy, Colt
      Life is tough, it is even tougher if you are stupid

      • real talk 1

        Never say that they will only deny it I mean there are some so called Harvard grads among them like Obama but they don’t apply here in this world only in theirs

    • Vis Fac

      This is not by accident. It’s all a matter of divide and conquer. There are several avenues those in power use to keep control over the people. Keeping them stupid confused angry dependent are means to an end. Stoking the coals of racism is a sure way to attain anger and confusion thus keeping control. It’s all in the plan whip people into a frenzy and you can literally get away with murder.

      America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.– Abraham Lincoln

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what
      to eat for lunch with the well armed lamb contesting the vote. Liberty comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.”

      A democratic government that respects no limits on its power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est


      • real talk 1

        If only you could reach them the liberals are not from this world they are from a black hole . they think the rest of us are nuts to embrace the truth they can’t help it. deny and lie.

    • real talk 1

      All you say is the truth but not in their screwed up world.

  • lokiswife

    Remember the rodeo about ten years ago where they had a dummy with a Bush mask and the audience roared when a bull went after it and bonked it around a few times? Bush didn’t act like a spoiled brat when it was aired, what’s with the no-sense of humor thin-skinned occupant of the White House? Would you like a little cheese with that whine?

    • Speak2Truth

      Fascists absolutely do not tolerate being ridiculed. Their Red Guard, their Hitler Youth, their Brownshirts will HURT people for poking fun at Dear Leader.

      ’nuff said.

    • Merle Dickey

      I think he has proven how weak he is , valerie Jarreett tells him everything to do.

  • red neck

    This just goes on to show how disenfranchised the democratic party is with America….. However this doesn’t stop with the democrats, we have a nation of race hustlers like sharpton, jackson, holder, winfrey and obama that are supposed to be the leaders of the black community but they spend their day’s raging war on the white people in order to push their agenda of division.

  • me

    I remember a Nixon lookalike. He said a bunch of stupid crap but noone got upset about it. What is it with nowadays where noone can try to be funny with out the powerful getting upset? It was harmless. Hopefully he can do it elsewhere.

    • independent thinker

      I have an old LP making fun of President Kennedy.

      • Robert Messmer

        Vaugnh Meader (?).

        • independent thinker


          • real talk 1

            All liberals are independent thinkers in their own world.

          • independent thinker


    • real talk 1

      These clowns in office in Washington dc aren’t powerful just thugs and no matter how innocent the truth or how serious the truth they have been taught to deny deny and lie .

  • Alan

    If you do get to shake hands, make sure your watch and any rings are in your pocket, and be sure to keep one hand on your wallet.

    • real talk 1

      Good advice

  • Bill

    Saturday Night Live makes fun of Obama almost every week. Why don’t they go after them.
    David Spade had a regular gig where he made fun of Bush 1. But Bush one was a good sport who invited him to the white house. Chevy Chase used to made fun of Fords perception of being clumsy
    Obama should have opened his mouth and stood up for free speech. He has no sense of humor and instead of rolling with it like a man, he is whining like a little girl

  • dan

    Tuffy is a class act…..and this ain’t my first rodeo,either.
    It’s a pretty small feller that can’t take a poke or two of funnin’…

  • rightffielder

    This P O S prezidunce is an asswhipe!!! And he is an idiot!!!

  • Vash the Stampede

    I don’t see the problem. The clown did nothing wrong. This reminds me of a man who wanted to put up wind turbines in Britain.On an abandoned air field. People actually handed him death threats. A little old lady handed him a picture of someone being killed. The reason for the death threats. The turbines were ugly & would ruin the view. That was the main reason it failed to be approved.

    • real talk 1

      Just like the liberal creed when truth is present deny deny then lie and deny some more.

  • mnkysnkle

    Remember the Bush look alike. frequently on the Tonight Show?

  • Motov

    Seemed to me made an honest suggestion about Obozo.
    It seems he’s always fighting with bull,….crap!

  • real talk 1

    Please don’t shake his hand it might be contagious and you would end up that kind of clown.

  • Merle Dickey

    Obama will make it difficult for a man like Dr Ben Carson to ever run for office. And he is a intelligent educated man ( you can even see his college records)