McKalip Campaign Manager: 'Would Like to See Obama Run Down by a Bull'

Do you think the comment or the stunt at the Missouri State Fair are appropriate?

A screenshot of Nick Finzer's comment on WTSP.com.
A screenshot of Nick Finzer's comment on WTSP.com.
A clown performing during a rodeo at the Missouri State Fair Saturday caused quite a stir when he came out wearing a mask of President Barack Obama as the announcer asked the crowd if they would like to see the bull run over Obama. 

For Nick Finzer, campaign manager for St. Petersburg District 4 city council candidate Dr. David McKalip, the answer might be yes. 

On a WTSP Facebook post about the incident at the Missouri State Fair Finzer commented, "I think that I would like to see Obama run down by a bull. Except that would make Biden president..." 

After Patch contacted the McKalip campaign, the comment was removed from the post. 

"I have instructed Nick that this sort of behavior will not be tolerated and he must cease immediately," McKalip told Patch. "I have instructed him to remove the offensive comment."

McKalip later commented on the same post saying the act was not appropriate. 

"I think this is in poor taste," McKalip wrote. "We should have more respect for our President as a person, even if we disagree with his policies.”

According to the Kansas City Star, the fair issued a statement about the performance:

“The performance by one of the rodeo clowns at Saturday’s event was inappropriate and disrespectful, and does not reflect the opinions or standards of the Missouri State Fair. We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday’s rodeo badly missed that mark.”

McKalip, a local neurosurgeon, is not unfamiliar with controversies surrounding Obama. 

In 2009 McKalip was asked to apologize by the The Florida Medical Association for forwarding an email with the image of Obama dressed as a witch doctor.

According to the political website Talking Points Memo, McKalip apologized for the racist image. 

"I genuinely regret the decision I made in passing this e-mail message along. Directly to President Obama, I sincerely apologize for offending him. This was, in no way whatsoever, my intention. The image has nothing to do with my feelings or thoughts on any race or culture. I recognize that this image is offensive and hope that the nation refocuses on assuring all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care with no party interfering in the patient-physician relationship."
Woody Richey August 13, 2013 at 09:05 AM
So much for considering McKalip for any political office, ever. What stupid things to say about any President. No respect for the highest office. Especially when hoping for the lowest rung.
Eileen August 13, 2013 at 09:31 AM
What can I say kids? If the shoe fits.....
Tom Tito August 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM
The comment and stunt were inappropriate and the McKalip campaign was right to say they will not tolerate this type of disrespectful comment about our nation's president. President Obama was twice elected by the American people and deserves our respect. It's sad that many on the left and right hate each other to the point where throwing insults is common and listening to each other is not. The term "knuckle dragging troglodytes" used to describe the Tea Party is another example of this. Dr. McKalip has many creative ideas to offer. One example is his proposal that the city invite private investment in the pier. Could that work? Would it allow us to keep an iconic structure and still have $45 million in tax money left over for a people friendly waterfront attraction? This proposal has been ignored by the media.
Oldflamepi August 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM
President Obama is the Jackie Robinson of American politics and thankfully he has a lot thicker skin than I do. Hopefully, in 20 years historians will be talking about his policies and the only mention of his race will be to say that, against conventional political wisdom, he broke the color barrier in national politics. As someone who came of age during the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war in the turbulent 60's, I'm glad I lived to see that barrier broken.
nancy August 14, 2013 at 08:42 AM
Why is it inappropriate to make fun of Obama when it was fair game on Bush? Is it because Bush is white? When you get into the limelight, as they are, you should expect this kind of publicity. At least that is what was said when Bush was ridiculed. Just because Obama is black does not entitle him to be immune from ridicule just like being white did not entitle Bush to be immune. Where are all the people who thought it was funny to ridicule Bush? Were the blacks called racist for doing it? What has happened to this nation that you can not dislike a person of color without it being Racist? I do not like Obama and it has nothing to do with the color of his skin


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