Montana Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, appointed by George W. Bush in 2001, apologized on Wednesday for sending the mass email to six people, and himself, from his official courthouse email account.
"It was not intended by me in any way to become public," the judge said. "I apologize to anybody who is offended by it, and I can obviously understand why people would be offended."
So what did the email say? It's short, but to the point:
"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 said his brother initially sent him the email, and he then sent it on to six friends and acquaintances. It was eventually forwarded to a reporter at the local Great Falls Tribune.
The judge, while repentant, defended his record saying he was not racist and always has been fair in court.
"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."