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Tears of a Clown

 

 

Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown who engaged in lese majesty against King Obama speaks out:

I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done 15 years ago, ten years ago, five years ago, when we’ve done it with Bush, Clinton and Ronald Reagan,” Gessling said.

But this time, race entered the equation. A white man dressed in a mask of a black president was just offensive to a lot of people.

“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,” Gessling said.

Tuffy Gessling has endured five death threats, numerous angry confrontations, and a woman who spit in his face, based on a routine that is probably older than most of the people offended by it.  So what’s changed?  Gessling figures that people have lost their ability to laugh, at themselves and their favored institutions, and a large amount of their perspective, too:

“I actually think that a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh,” Gessling said. “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.”

Well … at least during Democratic administrations, anyway. Continue Reading