SEDALIA, Mo. -- A clown who provided commentary while another clown wore a mask of President Obama during a rodeo at the Missouri State Fair says he's received death threats.  Tuffy Gessling said he never intended to offend anyone.

Another clown wore the Obama mask during the rodeo on Aug. 10 in Sedalia.  Gessling made comments to the crowd that included, "We're gonna stomp Obama."  Missouri state officials criticized the rodeo act as disrespectful of Obama.

Gessling said in an interview that people have threatened to run him over and burn down his home.  He said the clown act wasn't intended to be any different than acts that parodied other presidents.
Though many people in the crowd cheered at the antics, some who attended and some political leaders said they were outraged.  Some claimed it was racist.

Tuffy Gessling is banned from ever performing again at the state fair.  He says the way he and his fellow rodeo clowns mocked President Obama is the same way they mocked other sitting presidents.

"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, Clinton and Ronald Reagan," he said.  “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.”

Gessling is scheduled to perform at a rodeo in Jefferson City, and, if President Obama comes, he'd like to shake his hand.

The rodeo clown who put on the Obama mask has not been banished from the Missouri State Fair.