July 21st, 2010
02:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs: Sherrod is owed an apology

Shirley Sherrod watched Wednesday’s White House daily press briefing live on CNN.
Shirley Sherrod watched Wednesday’s White House daily press briefing live on CNN.

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.


Filed under: Robert Gibbs • Shirley Sherrod
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Shawn-Ga

    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...

    July 21, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Angus McDugan

    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.

    July 21, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Video Guy

    This apology needs to come from the President himself, not Mr Gibbs.
    Remember the Buck stops with the President.

    July 21, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. zago

    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!

    July 21, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Paul from Phoenix

    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?

    July 21, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Chrissy, Tx

    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!

    July 21, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Chrissy, Tx

    So does the American people and the people who voted for Obama! This administration has been nothing but incompetent and a bunch of liars!

    July 21, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. RAG

    ... and the entire Right-Wing Media Circus / Conspiracy needs libel lawsuits.

    July 21, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. CONGUERO

    Looks like this calls for another Beer Summit! Commenting without having all the facts. This administration, again, "acted stupidly".

    July 21, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Really?!?!?

    "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...

    July 21, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. PrettyAmiable

    Uh, should that say "White House Press Secretary"?

    July 21, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Larry

    Good way to hit it head-on, Gibbs.

    I admit I jumped the gun too, before I had all the facts.

    July 21, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. one voice

    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

    July 21, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Kim

    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

    July 21, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Paul from Phoenix

    "One of the great lessons you take away from this is to ask all the questions first," he added.

    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.

    July 21, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Jay

    Another conservative smear campaign built on false pretenses and another example of the Obama administration cowering to these bullies.

    July 21, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Diana Taylor

    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.

    July 21, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Regime change

    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.

    July 21, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Gordon

    "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.

    July 21, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Ramses

    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.

    July 21, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Jim Brodie

    "Sherrod is owed an apology", sez the "communications director". Gee, how sincere.

    July 21, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Karl in Charleston,SC

    The Buck stops at the Press Secretary?

    That's leadership.

    July 21, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Hugo

    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.

    July 21, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. The Truth

    So, when will Obama and his admin of racist goons apologize to "We the People" for the destruction of America?????

    July 21, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. wake up

    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.

    July 21, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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