Charter School Supt. Steps Down after First-lady Joke Goes Viral

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Michael Hayhurst, the superintendent of a group of High Desert charter schools, resigned Monday after a joke he made about Michelle Obama earlier this month brought condemnation from around the nation.

"The board has accepted Mike's resignation effective Oct. 1," Bill Flynn, Excelsior Charter School's assistant superintendent of human resources and acting superintendent said Tuesday.

Hayhurst drew national attention earlier this month after he made a joke about First Lady Michelle Obama while performing as a rodeo clown in the Creston Classic Rodeo, north of San Luis Obispo, on Sept. 15. "Playboy is offering Ann Romney $250,000 to pose in the magazine," Hayhurst joked over the rodeo's loudspeakers, "and the White House is upset about it because National Geographic only offered Michelle Obama $50 to pose for them."

The incident quickly went viral and was covered in the national media. Rodeo officials distanced themselves from Hayhurst and his comments.

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