Published on Aug 13, 2013
August 13, 2013 – When is it OK to make fun of the president? That was the question Sean Hannity asked his guests Tuesday night in light of the controversy over the Missouri State Fair’s rodeo clown, who recently appeared wearing a President Obama mask. Former Republican congressman Allen West and chairman of the Missouri Legislative Democratic Caucus Steve Webb joined Hannity to share their opposing views on the matter.
Webb began by saying it “offended” him that “anyone would make a mockery” of the president of the United States in the way that this rodeo clown did and objected to the “racial” content in the portrayal. Hannity pushed Webb to define why he thought the portrayal of Obama was “racial” and the congressman pointed to the moment when someone walked up to the clown and “played with his lips.”
While West said he didn’t agree with the portrayal of Obama overall, he focused in on the “hypocrisy” he sees in what liberals choose to be offended by when it comes to “racist” caricatures of African-Americans. He said he didn’t see the same outrage when there were similar depictions of conservatives like Condoleezza Rice, Michael Steele or himself. “I think that, you know,” West said, “some people need to check themselves and stop cherry-picking what they believe is racially offensive.”