With so many hopefuls for the 2012 nominations, it's only natural that the Republican Party would want to lighten the mood with a few laughs. The only problem is that, at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, those laughs quickly turned sour.
The cause of the ruckus was an Obama impersonator, comedian Reggie Brown, who poked a few too many times at a few too many people. Whether his stinging "jokes" were aimed at President Obama, Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty, the crowd quickly turned against him.
Brown opened his act by targeting Birthers, a popular group among Tea Partiers, according to The New York Times. He said that he was born in Hawaii, "or as the Tea Partiers like to call it, Kenya."
He targeted Pawlenty for not being more critical and vocal of fellow nominee Mitt Romney's healthcare bill, which was passed when Romney was Governor of Massachusetts.
"Don't worry. It's covered under Obamneycare. Along with spinal transplants," Brown said.
The act was cut short as event leaders decided to turn up the music and escort the comedian off the stage. The Times reports that the controversial impersonator spoke just a day after two Governors – Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi – called for a renewed focus on real issues that face the country.
The audience did endorse some jokes more than others. When Brown remarked that Newt Gingrich's supporters for a run at the party's nomination had dropped faster than Congressman Anthony Weiner's pants, The Associated Press reports that the joke was met with "raucous applause."
For his part, Brown denies that he was pulled off the stage. Instead, he claims that his act ran over his allotted time for the event, according to Fox Chicago News.