Federal judge emails racist Obama joke to his buddies
'I didn't send it as racist, although that's what it is,' says Judge Richard Cebull. 'I sent it out because it's anti-Obama'
A FEDERAL judge in Montana is in trouble after using his official courthouse email to send six of his friends a racist joke about President Barack Obama.
Judge Richard Cebull, who was appointed a district judge by President George W Bush in 2008 and admits he is “not a fan” of Obama, sent the email on 20 February and admitted yesterday to his mistake.
Headed ‘A MOM'S MEMORY’ the email read:
"Normally I don't send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.
"A little boy said to his mother; 'Mommy, how come I'm black and you're white?' His mother replied, 'Don't even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you're lucky you don't bark!'"
In an interview with the Great Falls Tribune yesterday, Judge Cebull agreed that the content of the email – sent to six of his “old buddies” and intended to be private - was racist, but said he does not consider himself racist.
"It was not intended by me in any way to become public," Cebull said. "I apologise to anybody who is offended by it, and I can obviously understand why people would be offended.
"The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan," Cebull said. "I didn't send it as racist, although that's what it is. I sent it out because it's anti-Obama."
The US political blog Daily Kos called Judge Cebull "a racist and a fool" and said that if there was any justice he would leave tomorrow.
But because he has a lifetime appointment as a district judge he can only be removed by impeachment, which, although appropriate, "isn't going to happen". However, Cebull is currently chief judge for the District of Montana and his fellow judges could – and should - relieve him of that position.