Obama Chimp Email, Photo Spark Outcry, Calls For California Republican's Resignation

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A California Republican who e-mailed a racist "family photo" of President Barack Obama superimposed as a chimpanzee is now facing widespread criticism.

State Assembly member Marilyn Davenport, who later apologized, says she received and forwarded the Obama email because she "thought it was funny."

Not the word a lot of people are using to describe it.

Here's the image the GOP official emailed out to dozens of friends and fellow Republicans, featuring Obama as a baby chimpanzee with its parents ...

Obama Chimp Photo

The moron who forwarded this has apologized in two statements.

"To my fellow Americans and to everyone else who has seen this e-mail I forwarded and was offended by my action, I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness of my unwise behavior," the 74-year-old Davenport wrote.

"At the time I forwarded the e-mail, I didn't stop to think about the historic implications and other examples of how this could be offensive."

"I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity. Everyone who knows me knows that to be true."

Ostensibly, this was part of a joke tying into the ongoing Obama birth certificate controversy. But this is taking it pretty far over the line.

Despite the apologies, Davenport, who in 2009 defended a former mayor in California for sending a similarly racist e-mail about Obama, claims to have received threats since her "Internet joke" gained national attention.

She's also been slammed with calls for her to step down.

"When we send communications to our fellow elected officials it is a public action that reflects on the sender, the recipient, and this committee," GOP chairman Scott Baugh, who called the racist e-mail "despicable," said Monday.

Rev. Al Sharpton said that Davenport needed to "go immediately."

What do you think? Harmless? Offensive? REALLY offensive?

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@ nonbeliever: Bravo!!
Thanks for the light sided humor of your comment!!

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@Marilyn Davenport: In this life, sooner or later, you find out how people really feel about you!!

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AL SHARPTON NEEDS TO GO FOR WIPING DOG SH#T ON TOWANA BRAWLEY AND TELLING HER TO CLAIM THAT WHITE PEOPLE DID IT, HOW QUICK WE FORGET.....

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What really ticks me off is the demand to have Davenport resign over this. Her constituents elected her and therefor they are the only ones she must answer too.

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this is funny and the president should be able to take a joke. why is he off limits to jokes?

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STUPIDITY at its finest~ Mean Spirited to say the least regarding the PRESIDENT OF OUR COUNTRY, NO LESS! Administrative people need to take a test on "Common Sense" before they get paid a salary in a political positions involving the President ~ Geez! President OBAMA is one of the finest men on this planet!

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This is what IGNORANT people do. They're too stupid to debate political differences intelligently so they stoop to these levels.
It's fine to disagree over politics. It's OK to dislike our President. It's downright American to express differing points of view.
However, people who stoop to racism, lies & worst of all, grossly distorted images do nothing to promote their views. They automatically have to be dismissed as completely irrelevant. Their "opinions" mean LESS than nothing.
Feel sorry for them. They're obviously SEVERELY MENTALLY DISABLED.
This applies to Marilyn Davenport as well as posters such as "Garey", "Alabama" & "jayg" for example. It's America. Even the severely mentally disabled can express their opinions.

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I THINK IT IS TRULY REPRESENTATIVE OF THIS A-- H--- THAT HAS IMPUDENTLY TAKEN OVER THIS COUNTRY FOR HIS OWN AGENDA. IF YOU THINK I AM RACIST, JUST WAIT FOR HIS LATEST ACTIONS. IT IS REALLY A FUNNY IMPRESSION, INSULTING TO HIS APPARENT ANCESTORS.

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i think she clearly knew and only sorry that she was called on it. No matter how old she is or this country gets, there are still ignorant people and that's very sad. She should have retired back in 09 for speaking up about a different racist and stupid ad. The saddest part is that this is learned behavior and she's probably taught it to her children and grandchildren.

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Jane, really? U are so ignorant and stupid!!! Understand that this country is not exclusive of one race.. that's the wonderful thing. It's reach in different cultures we all can learn from one another. I'm Hispanic and I know that we are discriminated too. So let's not put racist and ignorant people like u in office.