TLP: Lucky For Him That Job Comes With a Lifetime Appointment
One of the great things about America is the freedom to say whatever you want. Even if you're a federal judge with questionable judgment.
Talking Points Memo:
Montana Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, a George W. Bush nominee, admitted on Wednesday that he forwarded a racially-charged email implying that President Barack Obama might have been the product of a sexual encounter between his mother and a dog.Funny? Not funny? Who knows? Potentially offensive to mothers, black people, dogs, presidents of the United States? Maybe. Stupid for a federal official pulling down about $175,000 a year to send from his government email account? I think the opinion on that is unanimous.
“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’” the email forwarded from Cebull’s official court email address on Feb. 20 read, according to the Great Falls Tribune. “His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”
The federal judge’s email called the joke “a bit touching” and said he wanted all of his friends to feel what he felt when he read the email. “Hope it touches your heart like it did mine,” he wrote.
But one of great things about America is the freedom to say whatever you want. Even if you're a commenter on a blog:
“Little Cebull to his mom: "Mom, why do we stop by this field of goats every day?" Mother Cebull: "To say 'Hi' to your daaaaaaaaaaaad."”I believe the bailiff has a few papers for you to sign.