tuffy gessling

Politics
12:12 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Controversial rodeo clown makes first appearance since MO State Fair, Obama mask

Tuffy Gessling in full clown regalia
Kate Grumke KBIA

At the Jaycee fairgrounds in Jefferson City Friday night, people laughed and applauded as Tuffy Gessling, the controversial rodeo clown, performed for the first time since his infamous appearance at the Missouri State Fair. Gessling was banned from the Missouri State Fair and the video of the stunt involving an Obama mask was in national media.

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Politics
1:12 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Boonville school superintendent cleared in Obama rodeo act

Credit KBIA

A Missouri school official has been cleared of wrongdoing in a State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.

Albert Watkins, an attorney for Boonville superintendent Mark Ficken, said Wednesday that an investigation by the school district found Ficken was not involved in inappropriate actions or statements.

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Commentary
5:58 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

What the Washington Post got wrong about the Obama rodeo clown and racism

The Missouri State Fair by night
Credit Missouri Division of Tourism

Thursday in the KBIA newsroom we had what I consider a valuable discussion. And it came out of a notoriously stupid act at the Missouri State Fair this week.

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