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CANNON BALL — Anthony “Tony” Bobtail Bear Sr. almost stole the show from President Barack Obama on Friday.

As emcee, Bobtail Bear had some time to kill before the president and first lady finally arrived at the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration powwow grounds about 45 minutes later than scheduled.


To pass the time, Bobtail Bear cracked what seemed like a never-ending string of jokes.

“Is it OK if I ask what the president is doing over there?” he deadpanned. “We’ve been waiting for 20 minutes now.”

Bobtail Bear quipped that BIA — Bureau of Indian Affairs — really stood for “Boss Indians Around,” and joked about how Obama’s hair has grayed into his second term as president.

“That’s why I don’t want to be a politician,” he said. “My hair is still pretty black.”

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