Ficken announced special guest "President Obama" at the rodeo.
At one point, he said, "Watch out for that bull, Obama," but otherwise he was not part of the performance, according to Watkins.
Gessling, meanwhile, told digitalburg.com he's been a rodeo clown throughout his career, and that it's what he loves to do.
"Making fun of political and famous people is kind of the platform," he said. "... I've never tried to dishonor or disrespect anyone, so the whole thing was not meant to be racist or disrespectful. I was just trying to make people laugh."