It's hard to decide which is scarier: a grinning "Barack Obama" wearing a straightjacket or the reaction to his appearance at one company's annual Halloween costume party.
An employee of Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, Ky., must have thought he had the costume contest all sewn up when he sauntered into the party wearing an Obama mask and a straightjacket.
And he probably couldn't believe his luck when he and his two pals actually won the third-place trophy for their Halloween skit "VIP Security," according to local TV station WZTV.
However, soon after their shining moment, a snafu erupted over their Obama schtick.
“I think it is very, very offensive,” C.E. Timberlake, a local pastor, told the TV station. “And really, that shouldn’t have happened.”
Company officials weren’t impressed either after a photograph of the costumed trio began circulating around the office.
Human resources responded with a company-wide apology and a mandate that would make the president and Kathleen Sebelius proud.
Following complaints from some staffers, the company ordered all 750 employees of the medical center to take "diversity training."
The company also admonished employees about wearing costumes "with political, religious, ethnic or gender-based overtones."
WND reported on the recent fallout over a rodeo clown who wore a Barack Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair.
The reaction to the clown's mask was “infantile” and exists because the president is treated as “a god,” said the nation’s top-rated radio voice.
“It is as though President Obama is a messiah or is a god and this little thing that happened at the Missouri State Fair is a defamation, a denunciation, almost a religious sacrilege that took place,” Rush Limbaugh said. “This is no different than those countries reacting freakishly when there were cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. That is exactly what this is.”
“He’s the president of the United States! They get made fun of! They get laughed at all the time! Fun is poked at ‘em,” Limbaugh stressed. “I know this happens to be the first African-American one, but that should not insulate this president from standard, ordinary, everyday treatment, analysis, whatever. You know, you people on the left, who the hell do you think you are? You can’t laugh. You can’t take a joke. You can’t take a punch. You can’t take anything.”