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Obama-like target in carnival game stirs outrage

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Derrick Nunnally
Philadelphia Inquirer
Aug 5, 2010

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.”

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