Federal judge emails racist Obama joke to his buddies

Mar 1, 2012

'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.

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If this is an example of Mr. Bush's appointees, what does it say about his other appointments, e.g. the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?


No Englishmen, Scotsmen or Irishmen jokes either then, nor Eskimo or Russian, no black, white trash, nor yellow peril jokes. In fact free speech has been destroyed.  Who said that civilisation was created when someone threw an insult instead of a rock? Can´t be done anymore I'm afraid.  Back to the stone age.

* boring basic whity low life insult.....

Better than rocks nunkhead !

great stuff!! --- bernard manning is alive & well --- and  we're all the better for it.

I wish I could feel confident that this judge was a rare specimen here, but I fear not. And then one would expect this cur to dispense proper, fair justice across racial lines?.If respect for his president could be so lacking because of the colour of his skin what does it tell the world about America and its so called superior judges and system?. Certainly not a role model for the rest of the world. What is funny is that the fellow claims he is not racist. Perhaps we have to wait until he dons Klu Klux Klan robes before we describe him thus? It would be interesting to see what slap on the wrist sanction, if any at all, is meted out to him!

the white pigs will always show themselves no matter how highly placed they are in the society.the so called judge should bury his head in shame and resign his appointment.he is not fit to be a judge because he is prejudiced!

Was it racist? Anti white maybe. After all, it was (in the joke) his white mother who may have dallied with a dog, as well as his father.

"The white pigs" eh! I like to make you eat your words.

It's not racist.

Sorry but I don't see the racism here, maybe it's just me. From what I read, the mother is white and must have had sex with a black man at a party as Barack is black. The joke insinuates that due to her behaviour and excesses at the party, she could of had sex with a dog for all she remembers.

A horrible insult to Baracks mother, definitely, but racist?? Please someone explain the racist element to me? From what I can tell it's just because the word "black" was used.