Montana’s chief federal judge admitted to sending an oddly racist e-mail about President Barack Obama to “old buddies and aquaintances.”  Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull sent the e-mail from his court e-mail and added a personal message to the forward, which had evidently been circulating for some time before he had the chance to pass it along. The e-mail was titled “A MOM’S MEMORY”

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!”

Cebull explained that he intended for the correspondence to be private and that “I didn’t send it as a racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.” He insists that he is not a racist, just a political person who is not a fan of Obama’s policies.

I’m sure that had we thought about it hard enough we would have predicted that anti-Obama folks would use The President’s race to make jokes about his performance as president. But it’s so disappointing that it happens over and over again with the same rationale and excuses each time and it’s really getting old. It’s not even clear what the funny part of that e-mail is supposed to be and I certainly don’t know what’s touching about it. It would be refreshing if people like federal judges (who are supposed to have…um…judgement) could attack Obama’s actual performance, not his race or lineage.

Read more at the LA Times.

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