Gov. Nixon responds to Obama rodeo clown fiasco

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(KTVI) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon held a press conference about his veto of tax-related House Bill 253 on Monday. A reporter asked the governor about the Obama mocking rodeo clown incident that has become a national story.  During the conference he said, “The performance was inappropriate and offensive and does not reflect the values of Missourians and the State Fair.”

The Governor’s office says that they are going to review the contracts and look at holding individuals responsible. They do not want to cancel any events at the state fair.  Nixon that the Missouri State Fair is an important part of the traditions of the state.

“I’m not one to back-off if someone does something insensitive or offensive.”

The rodeo stunt at the Missouri State Fair has come under criticism because a clown donned a Barack Obama mask and stuck a broom up his backside. The stunt took place during the bull riding competition on Saturday night.

The announcer introduced the clown as special guest “President Obama.” then said, “We’re going to stomp Obama now.”

The clown on the arena floor chimed in: “Hey, I know I’m a clown. He’s just running around acting like one. Doesn’t know he is one.”

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