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Marilyn Davenport on Obama chimp email: 'I didn't consider he was half-black'

The "Obama chimp e-mail" forwarded by Calfornian politician Marilyn Davenport is becoming quite the buzz of a big deal despite her efforts to downplay the matter. Issuing what's being called a "lukewarm" apology, the top-ranking GOP official has said the e-mail she forwarded out, picturing Obama as a chimp, was merely an "internet joke" with no substantial meaning.

E-MAIL INTENDED TO "AMUSE," NOT OFFEND

"I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth," Davenport said in an email sent to fellow Orange County, Calif. politicians. "In no way did I even consider the fact he's half black when I sent out the email."

OBAMA CHIMP E-MAIL OUTRAGES POLITICIANS, MEDIA

The e-mail, which pictures three chimps as a family, has Obama's face superimposed over the baby chimp's face. The caption alongside the pictures reads: "Now you know why no birth certificate!"

DAVENPORT CITES GEORGE BUSH E-MAILS AS EQUAL

Davenport said that sending out the e-mail wasn't meant to offend and she never thought it as racial. She claimed she'd "received plenty of emails about George Bush" which she "didn't particularly like yet there was no 'cry' in the media about them."

OBAMA CHIMP JOKE "MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING," SAYS DAVENPORT

The chimp e-mail, says Davenport, won't force her to resign and she's blasting a liberal media about making "much ado over nothing." The apology sent to her fellows was the only comment from Davenport since Monday.

DAVENPORT: "I DIDN'T CONSIDER HE WAS HALF-BLACK"

"I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth," she said. "In no way did I even consider the fact he's half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race.

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