Don't Whack Barack: Obama Figure Removed From NJ Boardwalk Game

Knock out the president, win a prize

Thursday, Aug 12, 2010  |  Updated 8:19 AM EDT
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Caricatures of Saddam Hussein, left, and President Barack Obama are seen at a boardwalk game Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The game in the town where the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" is filmed features a caricature of Obama, depicted with exaggerated ears and smile, as a moving target along with likenesses of Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and Michael Jackson, The Joker and other characters.

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Operators of a Jersey Shore boardwalk game have removed a mannequin representing President Barack Obama.

It has been replaced by effigies of former President George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Manager Tom Whalen says it's to show the "Walkin Charlie'' game isn't "anti-Democrat or "anti-Republican.''

The game requires patrons to throw baseballs at plates held by the rotating caricatures.

A plastic bag was placed over the Obama character's head after some people earlier this week said it was disrespectful to use the president's likeness.

Whalen says a Secret Service agent visited the Seaside Heights concession on Wednesday and he told him none of his employees had urged patrons to throw at or hurt Obama. But he hinted the Obama figure might return in a few weeks.

Whalen said he added the caricatures of Obama, the Joker, Michael Jackson and others to liven up the tried-but-tired carnival Plate Pitch carnival game.

"When Jay Leno stands up and makes a crack about Obama or another political person, not everybody claps their hands and cheers," Whalen said Tuesday. "We don't have a bull's-eye on anyone's head or chest. Each caricature is holding a couple of plates, and the object is to break the plates."

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