SEDALIA, MO --- Determined to set race relations as far back as possible, President Barack Obama appeared at a rodeo in Sedalia, Missouri, disguised as a clown.
He said he appeared in "disguise" to protest critics' portrayal of him as an incompetent political "clown." He wore blackface, oversize teeth, lips, and ears, and dressed in an ill-fitting blazer and baggy jeans. He also wore size fifteen boots. "If the shoe fits," he said, "wear them, I've always been told."
Later, aides said that the president intended the remark as "ironic."
The mask's larger-than-life lips were rubber and easily bobbled, as if the president were flip-flopping on issues even as he "spoke."
The master of ceremonies asked the largely rural crowd whether any of them would like so see "Obama gored in the ass by a bull." Spectators cheered, several giving a thumbs-up gesture.
"He's been trying to shove his policies down our throats," the M. C. cried, "and up or asses; let's see how he likes it!"
The crowd went wild.
The state's Lieutenant Republican governor, Peter Kinder, praised the president for "having the bullocks" to joke about his "failed efforts as the chief executive" and predicted that, as a result, Obama's approval ratings would continue to plummet. The governor, however, remained strangely silent about the incident.
Asked his opinion of the president's "taking one in the ass," Democratic senator Claire McCaskill said, "What the president does in his private life is between him and Michelle."
Al Sharpton said the president's performance "is shameful" and "racist."
Depending upon how the public respond to his clowning, the president said he may take his act on the road, appearing as a clown across the country and around the world.
Apprised of his boss' statement, Vice-President Joe Biden seemed puzzled as he asked, "Isn't that what he's been doing since 2008?"