Judge Emails ‘Joke’ about Obama’s Mother Having Sex with a Dog

March 1, 2012  |  

At some point I hope to become numb to the blatant racist disrespect government employees continue to show the President and First lady on “company time” and using official government resources, but today just isn’t that day.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull clearly showed his lack of good judgment when he sent around a “touching” racist email from his courthouse email account to six of his friends. The subject line for the message read, “A Mom’s Memory,” and this is what was inside:

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!”

Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it seems. No one outside of judge Cebull’s “old buddies” was supposed to see the email so it’s no big deal. And it wasn’t racist, it was just “anti-Obama,” the judge said when he was called out on his conduct.

It was not intended by me in any way to become public. I apologize 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. I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.

And because you’re racist, which is why you thought it was innocently funny. It’s sad even after the backlash the man just keeps digging himself in a deeper whole with his “I’m not a racist” rhetoric. He stated again when pressed:

“I did not forward it because of the racist nature of it. Although it is racist, I’m not that way, never have been.”


I think its time a new email policy was issued for employees of the US government. These incidents are becoming a little too frequent.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Paul in Shepherd, MONTANA

    So among all his other faults, obama cant take a joke. Now days any white person who even say’s the word BLACK, is accused of being a racist. Actually, by today’s standards –only white people can be a racist. I support the Judge!

  • Vee

    I have never seen a President and The First Lady so balantly disrespected. Instead of this country progressing it seems like we are going backwards:(

  • Adjhome

    I have never in my entire life seen as much hatred and disrepect thrown @ a president, white people are ignorant as hell and I am so glad that the world is seeing their true colors. God will continue to Bless  President Obama and his family and to all the haters get a real life ,you are headed straight to hell w/ gasoline drawers on. And he will be re-elected. Ask me how I know? Blessings and Peace………..

  • Smacks_hoes

    Ignorance is bliss…let’s face it when Obama stepped in as president he knew the trials ad tribulations he would face. I don’t think he’s bothered but these pathetic fits for attention whatsoever. He can Handel it

  • This is getting ridiculous, and I don’t buy her excuse one bit.  There’s a difference between not being a fan of someone and being disrespectful.  This man is the PRESIDENT.  How would anyone not be offended by that e-mail?  It never should have gotten sent out in the first place.  I do believe that when this happens with someone in a position of power, that they should be suspended or removed.  After all, this man is in charge of people’s lives.  If he feels that way, there’s a serious conflict of interest.


       Do you think President Obama is the first president that an off-color joke was made about?  Where was the respect for the presidency of GW Bush?  Fairness for ALL.

      • Candacey Doris

         This isn’t about it being off color to me. It’s that he’s passing around jokes on company dollars about the person at the head of his organization i.e the president. Not that it isn’t racist, but he can be racist and a d!ck on his own time, not with my tax dollars.

        • IAMWOMAN

          So it’s not okay that a judge passed around a bad joke (for the record, that was in poor taste) but the President gets a free pass for spending tax dollars on ish like Solyndra?  I acknowledge GW Bush did his fair share of things to SMH at.  Still…

      • This is not just off-color.  There is a serious, deep-seated racial aspect to these attacks that no, none of the other presidents have faced. 

      • Byfaith

         No, he isn’t, but one can agree to disagree without getting personal and just plain ugly. For the record I was just as incensed when people were disrespectful to GW Bush. It’s a matter of common courtesy and respect.

    • “His excuse”, sorry.

  • Sickofit

    They do it because it is accepted and allowed.  Look at how GLAAD got Roland fired for something as innocent as a joke among friends.  We don’t stand up for anything.  This will continue…

    • Vee

      You are right… It is a mess GLADD made some noise over comments Roland Martin said and he was fired this US judge is plain disrespectful and ignorant.  They treat him with kid gloves. No rhyme no reason I don’t understand it.

  • Nestafan2

    Here’s the problem with the “why are we so sensitive” type of rhetoric:  A U.S. judge, who has the power to destroy a life (particularly if you’re black) with the pounding of a gavel, is indignant enough to send an egregious e-mail with the employer e-mail address and not even understand what he did wrong.  The problem isn’t with racial “sensitivity” in this country; the problem is a lack thereof.  Degradation is not mundane by any stretch, and the fact that there are “other issues” does not excuse racism.  Whether we agree with the President’s policies or not, there is something to be said about the way his detractors are bringing up his race as a negative instead of addressing the issues they have with his political ideologies.  There should never come a time when “our people” are so misguided that we don’t have sense enough to be offended by overt racial vitirol.  By the way, silence does not produce progression.

    • Byfaith

       Thank you, thank you, thank you! I couldn’t have said it better! I saw this story on a couple of other websites and was somewhat shocked that some people were at times trying to rationalize this rubbish.

  • Kemwer

    And things like that “judge” sit in judgment of cases involving black people. What a pity!

    • Latoyaandsebastian

      Anytime a black person comes to his courtroom, I would file to dismiss him. 
      In addition, I would file to have my case reopened if he sentenced me…he just opened up a whole can…smdh 

  • Tony Sloany

    Though this sounds bad and things of this matter should always be addressed, at some point our people have to evolve to the point where we aren’t too upset at the things that are designed to hurt our feelings as much as we are upset at things designed to hurt our lifestyle. And yes, that includes Barack Obama’s policies as well.
    For instance, we’d progress much faster in this country if we’d publicly chastise and demonstrate against this geopolitical war, the flawed U.S. monetary system, Barack’s support of NAFTA, etc… as opposed to simply getting angry about some racist statement against him, a degrading depiction of him or just plain disrespect witnessed by congressmen shouting at him in speeches or even pointing and talking tough to him at the airport.
    At some point our racial sensitivity in this country shouldn’t override our ability to see what’s really happening as we are being distracted by the mundane.

  • ManOrWoman

    What do you expect from those that will always think the rules don’t apply to them.  There is nothing that Mr. Charlie, Honky McGee, Yankee Tango (YT) does should be a surprise to anyone.

  • J A SASSY aka salon22

    well that was outlandish and  ignorant, but we do know those women do s e x dogs! dont believe it go to the beastiality sites!

    • F3ral Anarchy

       ……..women of all ethnic makeups are in beastiality vids……

    • NVAdamzz

      B ossip reported it differently which confused me. Either way, I didn’t see it as racist I guess and I don’t know why. Maybe because I am becoming less offended by racism because I accepted that it still exists. However, I saw it as more of an insult to white women because it’s basically saying that his white mother is a who re who gets so drunk that she bones everything that moves (including animals) and doesn’t remember the following day…Which is disgusting.

      • Smithdowns

        The joke implies that black men are tantamount to animals.

        • NVAdamzz

          For some reason I’m not getting that from the joke. Her saying “From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark” rings to me that she engaged in beastiality at some party she went to. I don’t see the racist nature but I’ll take y’all’s word for it. 

        • HansiCabo

          They sure do act like “dogs” chasing after those white girls…I’m just saying…