Just three days after a rodeo clown was banned for life from returning to the Missouri State Fair due to a performance in which he donned a mask of President Barack Obama – a scandal that further escalated on Tuesday with the resignation of the Missouri Rode Cowboy Association’s president – Glenn Beck announced that it in honor of the rodeo clown, it would be “Mock Obama Day” on his radio show.
“Today is Mock Obama Day,” Beck announced on his program. “We’ll be mocking Obama all day today, because that’s what we do in America. Obama is not Mohammed.”
Beck also turned the theme of his show into a trending hashtag on Twitter, where he asked followers, “How are you celebrating #mockobamaday?” Beck’s show was in response to public outrage over the Missouri rodeo clown’s depiction of the president.
According to the Kansas City Star, the incident was first picked up by the group Show Me Progress, which chronicled it on its Facebook page. The performance involved a man dressed in an Obama mask and cowboy hat, with with an upside down broom attached to the seat of his pants to lend him the appearance of a dummy, propped up in the dirt, along with an announcer, who reportedly asked audience members if they would like to see Obama run down by a bull.
“The crowd went wild,” Show Me Progress wrote in the Facebook post. “He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather.”
Another rodeo clown also joined in and "ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy." One of the performers said of Obama, "I know I'm a clown, he just run [sic] around acting like one [and] doesn't know he is one."
On Sunday, rodeo announcer and MRCA president Mark Ficken issued a statement denouncing earlier reports about the scandal. Ficken said he had not made the comments attributed him and that his only remark about the rodeo clown during the event was: “Watch out for that bull, Obama!”
Ficken’s attorney, Albert Watkins, said of his client, “This is a man who was doing nothing more than expressing words of caution.”
The Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Association issued a statement saying it wanted to “extend a sincere apology for the inappropriate act during the Bull Riding at the Saturday performance of the MRCA Rodeo.”
View a video clip from Beck's segment below: