Missouri Rodeo Clown: "A Lot Of People Have Lost Their Ability To Laugh"


Tuffy Gessling, the Missouri rodeo clown who wore a President Obama mask at the state fair, defends his actions and discusses the backlash he has faced.

"I've had one lady spit in my face, called me a dirty name, spit in my face and walked off," he said. "I've had somebody threaten to run me over. One of them wanted to burn the house down."

"I didn't do this to do any hating on anyone. I did it to be funny. I did it to be a joke. This bit, this clown bit has been around for generations. And 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 and Clinton and Ronald Reagan."

"I actually think that a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh. Look at the country as a whole. There's a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh."

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