Sunday, March 04, 2012

Must not joke about Obama's parentage

We read:
"A federal judge in Montana who used official court email to circulate a racist joke about President Barack Obama has acknowledged the indiscretion and initiated a misconduct complaint against himself, court officials said on Thursday.

The scandal prompted government ethics watchdog group Common Cause and the Montana Human Rights Network to call on Thursday for the resignation of the Billings-based judge, Richard Cebull, the chief judge for the U.S. judicial district in Montana.

The email in question came to public light when it was published on Wednesday by the Great Falls Tribune, which received a copy forwarded to the newspaper by someone else in the chain of the email's distribution.

The subject line of the two-paragraph email, sent from Cebull's courthouse email account on February 20 to various friends and acquaintances, according to the newspaper, reads: "A MOM'S MEMORY."

The text starts out saying, "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."

The joke that followed included a lewd reference to Obama's biracial parentage.

Under the U.S. Constitution, federal judges are appointed for life and can be removed only through congressional impeachment, a process that has rarely resulted in a judge's dismissal.

He has publicly admitted sending the email. He told the Great Falls Tribune in an interview published on Wednesday, "I apologize to anybody who is offended by it, and I can obviously understand why people would be offended."


It was a rather good joke:

"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!'"


Anonymous said...

No one is immune from punishement for mocking the obamessiah. Kneel before his greatness. Bow towards Washington DC. Accept his glory and divine grace and you shall forever live in the Obama Utopia.

Bird of Paradise said...

I understand many of his reletives were big time leftists and antichristian biggots

President Not Sure said...

No denying that the joke is racist.. But at the same time I cant deny thats its funny either..

Jerry said...

Please correct me if I am wrong (and I am sure plenty of people will), but I don't see the racism in the joke.
The way I read it, the joke is stating that the mom is a partying sl#t. Where is the racism, anti black, or whatever??

Dean said...


You must understand that any negative comment, picture, or joke about President Obama is by definition racist.

Even if race is never mentioned.

Personally, I consider the joke tasteless, not one I'd pass on to anyone.

Go Away Bird said...

Obama isnt a president he is a DICTATOR

Anonymous said...

I like a good slutty mother joke as much as the next guy, and this one isn't even close to the nastiest one out there. Thing is, other than Obama's name being inserted, the joke is decades old. I'm not sure how it's racist either.