Washington (CNN) - White Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that Shirley Sherrod is "owed an apology. I would do that on behalf of this administration."
"A disservice was done. An apology was owed. That's what we've done," he told reporters at the White House.
"Decisions were made based on an incomplete set of facts," Gibbs said. "Members of this administration, members of the media, members of different political factions ... have all made determinations and judgments without a full set of facts."
Gibbs said that "we live in a culture (in which) things whip around, people want fast responses, (and) we want to give fast responses."
"One of the great lessons you take away from this is to ask all the questions first," he added.
Why is there post after post saying this is all Fox's fault?
How did Fox force anyone in the administration to have yet another knee jerk reaction and force her to resign?
We hear day in and day our that "fox is not taken seriously" "fox doesn't matter" "no one watches Fox" explain to me how a network that does not matter can also be at the center of all this and is powerful enough to force people to act in such a way?
Bottom line this is "the cops acted stupidly" all over again...
Glad to see the apology. Sounds like Obama acted "stupidly" again. Boy, this guy keeps stepping all over himself. Maybe i'll send him a book on leadership.
This apology needs to come from the President himself, not Mr Gibbs.
Remember the Buck stops with the President.
Mrs Sharrod, God will be on your side. You are a good and complete person. You emerge greater than the story. You gain more than anyone who wanted to destroy your strong persona, character and personality. At least we learn of the great woman you are in this faux controversy. Be blessed!
One of Bush's biggest flaws was that he gave too many people the benefit of the doubt and stood by them. Obama is the complete opposite. He acts impulsively and will cut people off at the knees.
Why can't we find a president who is in the middle?
And so does the American people and the people who voted for Obama! This administration has been nothing but incompetent and a bunch of liars!
So does the American people and the people who voted for Obama! This administration has been nothing but incompetent and a bunch of liars!
... and the entire Right-Wing Media Circus / Conspiracy needs libel lawsuits.
Looks like this calls for another Beer Summit! Commenting without having all the facts. This administration, again, "acted stupidly".
"White Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that Shirley Sherrod is `owed an apology. I would do that on behalf of this administration.` "
This typo is so ironic to this story it is beyond laughable...
Uh, should that say "White House Press Secretary"?
Good way to hit it head-on, Gibbs.
I admit I jumped the gun too, before I had all the facts.
An apology from the right-wing website and the CLOWNS at fox news would be a good start. The difference is the GOP/TEABAGGERS fuel racism while the Democrats will not accept it from their party. SCUM BAGS
Makes me a little curious. She says in her speach that she helped this one white farmer save his land. Was that the only white person she helped in 26 years and if so how many black families has she helped. I would like to see her stats on the black versus white people she helped as a government employee before I would pass a verdict on if she is or is not racist
How stupid is this comment? Obama has been in office for over 18 months. It took this long for them to learn to ask all questions? That explains the health care bill.
Another conservative smear campaign built on false pretenses and another example of the Obama administration cowering to these bullies.
Boy did they ever jump the gun. They should have taken the time to check out the full story. She is owed an apology by many.
Yes, the White House (and Obama) owe Sherrod an apology. It doesn't need to be public. Since when is it the government's role to force people from their jobs just to save face.
Plus, where was the innocent until proven guilty.
No wonder less than 4 in 10 think Obama deserves reelection.
"White Press Secretary Robert Gibbs" Do you mean that Gibbs is white or did you miss out the word "House"? Please clarify so it doesn't sound like the news is that a white person is apologizing to a black woman.
Shirley is a great lady. Blame Fox news, the story contributor & their editted vedio for airing truncated story. Fox news, Hannity, Oriley, the tea party movement, other Fox people are not only far right but also racists. There is certainly racism in this country, among blacks & also whites. There is no more need for this anymore. 200 years is enough. Move on America. Reinstate Shirley & compensate for the damage done.
"Sherrod is owed an apology", sez the "communications director". Gee, how sincere.
The Buck stops at the Press Secretary?
Yeah Shirley, sorry for calling you a racist even though your long story of self strength and awareness eventually overcame your TRUE feelings. If this had been a white person, no matter how it would have been spun the race pimps would have led a full assault and the perpetrator would've been crucified. How about an apology from Obama to the Boston Police Officer for enforcing the law, to the State of Arizona for picking up the job of enforcing the Federal law and/or an NAACP call out on the New Black Panther Party?
2010 and 2012 cannot get here soon enough, America won't make it another four if these idiots remain in office.
So, when will Obama and his admin of racist goons apologize to "We the People" for the destruction of America?????
Glenn Beck was RIGHT, Obama wrong!!
HAHAHAHAHAH. How funny is it that yesterday at 5pm est. Glenn Beck denounced the firing (resign).........while Obama made her resign, now comes back with his tail between his legs.
Obama is so incompetant and only looks at poltiics and race instead of the what's good for America and her constitution.