Peggy Noonan: Obama Should Defend Missouri Rodeo Clown

AP

Peggy Noonan offered a “classy” suggestion to President Barack Obama on Tuesday: go to bat for that rodeo clown in Missouri. 

A rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask last weekend at the Missouri State Fair drew condemnation from many, including Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). The clown subsequently received a lifetime ban from the state fair.

But Noonan, writing on her blog for The Wall Street Journal, believes that Obama should put a stop to the outrage.

Let me suggest a classy Obama move that might go over well. From his Vineyard vacation spot he should have the press office issue a release saying his reaction to finding out a rodeo clown was rudely spoofing him, was, “So what?” Say he loves free speech, including inevitably derision directed at him, and he does not wish for the Missouri state fair to fire the guy, and hopes those politicians (unctuously, excessively, embarrassingly) damning the clown and the crowd would pipe down and relax. This would be graceful and nice, wouldn’t it? He would never do it. He gives every sign of being a person who really believes he shouldn’t be made fun of, and if he is it’s probably racially toned, because why else would you make fun of him?

 

h/t Alex Seitz-Wald