Go To The Carnival, Shoot At The President

Because of what he now calls "an error in judgment," a Lehigh Valley carnival operator has sparked an outcry by running at summer church carnivals and fire department fund-raisers a shooting-gallery game that featured a President Obama-like figure.

"I didn't think it was offensive, and you know, I made the wrong judgment on it," Irvin L. Good Jr., 68, said Wednesday. "And that's all I can say about it. We did away with it, and I'm apologizing to everybody in the world, I think."

Good, who has operated Goodtime Amusements in Hellertown for 26 years, said he used the Alien Attack game for about five weeks without hearing complaints.

Then, at a July 24 carnival at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Roseto, Kathryn Chapman, there with her family, noticed that one of the win-a-prize painted targets was a black man wearing a suit with a rolled-up "health bill" in one hand - and an eagle-emblazoned belt buckle reading, "The Prez Says."

Chapman, who said she was a third-grader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel's school on the day President John F. Kennedy was shot, said seeing children and adults shooting at the target conjured up bad memories.

"That was incredibly disturbing to me that they would have this type of carnival game for children to be able to play," said Chapman, now a mother living in Massachusetts. "Even little kids, third- and fourth-graders, a lot of kids know who the president of the United States is."
My emphasis. He thinks?! He'll definitely be 'thinking' about it when the Secret Service pays him a visit.