Amusement Firm Yanks Obama Target Practice

Carnival game had president's likeness
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2010 3:45 PM CDT
President Obama applauds the recipients of the 2010 Citizens Medals Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in the East Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Visitors to Pennsylvania fairs recently had an interesting new target to shoot at—a black man holding a "health bill" and wearing a belt buckle of the presidential seal. Hmmm, who could that be? "I guess we made an error in judgment and we apologize for that," the president of Goodtime Amusements near Philly tells the Morning Call. "I voted for the man. It wasn't meant to be him. If they took it that way, we apologize."

The game got yanked after customer complaints at separate fairs—people got points for hitting targets on the head and heart—and the company president says an employee made the drawing without thinking much of it. (Click to the source to see a photo.) Given the hot water he could face from the Secret Service and the US Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, it's probably wise to stick to the story that it wasn't meant to be President Obama.

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