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
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  1. jim

    Why is Gibbs speaking in general terms ? Why isn't he naming those individuals that were the ones that owe her an apology?Isn't he just trying to put cover on the fact that the W.H. flubbed this up big time !!!And apparently it ok when other people do this to the tea party members.But it not ok when it happens to one of your own.I'm speaking of taking things out of context or using a tiny few and saying they are representive of a larger group.

    July 21, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Whatever

    DUH!!!!!!!!!!! Innocent UNTIL proven guilty!!!

    July 21, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Marcus

    That's for starters!!!
    Let it be clear from now on that NO VIDEO, until proven that is not an edited one, is admissible to prove that someone did or said what he/she is being accused of.
    That's how it works in the courts, that's how it SHOULD work in the government.

    July 21, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Chrissy, Tx

    Karma bites doesn't it! Remember the Tea Party bashing? You had the Democratic Congress and the House slandering the American people who didn't want health care, Calling them racists, Nazi's, etc. Even now you have all the mainstream media accusing the Tea party of being racist just because they don't want bigger governement. I love Fox News (which I didn't before, my choice used to be MSNBC). They opened my eyes on how to have a mind of my own and not just believe everything I hear. I can make my own judgement with the facts being presented to me, instead of listening to the mainstream media on how I should think! The American people have opened their eyes on how this administration has done nothing but blamed everything on the past administration and that they don't have a clue on how to govern this beautiful country! God bless America!

    July 21, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. jane

    I fully support the Obama administration, but it's becoming known for "rush to judgment" about people. As the mother of an officer of the law, I was furious at hisclumsy response to the officer/professor incident a year ago and haven't forgotten it. And now, I cannot believe they've done the same thing again without listening to the entirety of Ms. Sherrod's speech, which was an inspiring account of a personal evolution of her own views against racism. She should have the Sec. of Agriculture's job. And the blogger, "what's his name" should be shut down for promoting such a lie.

    July 21, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. wake up

    Dominican mama on last post blamed Glenn Beck for Sherrod's firing. That is the joke of the left wing loons and media. On Monday, he didn't even mention it. On Tuesday, Glenn Beck said, it was WRONG to have her resign.
    Obama is wrong, AS ALWAYS. The guy is clueless.

    July 21, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. matt

    If Don Imus can get his career back, I'm sure the future for Ms. Sherrod will be equally bright.

    July 21, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Augsbee

    Of all Gibbs mentioned the one that matters is the administration. What else has this administration decided on without having the full set of facts, did they have the full set of facts when they made decisions on the war, economy, education, etc...????
    This lady could have stood her ground but for whatever personal reason she jumped and resigned, so what else is there she is not telling??????

    July 21, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Defamation of character lawsuits are to prove because it's usually based on he said, she said. But this is a defamation of character and Ms. Sherrod should sue the blogger who made the video and Fox news for airing. Maybe Fox didn't know the video was edited, but the man who made it certainly did and he should be held accountable.

    July 21, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. floridian

    Gee, sounds a lot like the cop and the professor, and the response to Arizona's illegal immigration law having not read it. Shoot from the hip and then try to worm out of the hullabaloo created. This philosophy seems to be constantly in play with respect to this Administration's legistlation. Quote the Senator: we need to pass this legistlation so we know what's in it.

    July 21, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. darby

    It is sad that our leaders whether it be director of US dept of Agriclulture or our president,react to situations in a knee jerk fashion.We all need to pause and get all the facts. Darby

    July 21, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Marty, AL

    All I can say is Wow!! I just watched the white daily briefing and the news media has become a joke. Instead of them blaming themselves, fox news and the Rep Blogger for this whole mess, they are blaming the Administration, NAACP, Tiger Woods, OJ, Kobe, Dennis Robman, Michael Vick, do you get my point Now. Again, I must say Wow!! You give a person a gun, he/she shoots someone and you blame the person called the police. NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC and CNN need to call Fox news out and demand news, if not put them with the Daily Show, Cobert , WWC, WWF and (Fox News fits perfect right here) Tooth Fairy, this is not News People, wake the Hell up.

    July 21, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. bill

    yes she is definatly owed appoligy.BUT WHERE IS THE OUTCRY ABOUT FOX.TELLING LIES DESTORTING THE STORY.IS THIS JOURNALSMIN.I THINK NOT.

    July 21, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Big George in Big D

    Gibbs thinks he's such an important big boy!

    This woman was wrongfully terminated, of that there is no doubt. Why the administration moved so quickly to fire her is a mystery – they move at a snell's pace to do anything else because Nobama is forever campaigning about ill-fated bill or person. If I were this woman, I would want no part of that place!

    July 21, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Artemisios

    Any apology in the offing from Rupert Murdoch?

    July 21, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Bobber

    She might be owed an apology but the people in the audience that cheered and laughed during the story are racist. They didn't know the story was about redemption and cheered how she treated the white farmer. Disgraceful!

    July 21, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    What the hell is happening to us? When some punk with an agenda can release heavily edited video, why aren't we just saying ENOUGH? Who's Breitbart going to attempt to destroy next? And more importantly, why do we continue to allow this?

    July 21, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Grog in Ohio

    At what point does the White House (and the media, as well) recognize that they do not need to jerk a knee every time a right wing nutcase "reports" something? Let's make it easier. Always assume that Faux News, Andrew Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, et al, are telling bald faced lies, then adjust from there.

    July 21, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Refudiate

    This chic is something. (a) she shouldn't be talking about race as USDA chief anyway so should be repositioned (b) she's is fitting right in w stereotype that all blacks think they are Oprah/Obama.

    But the right can't complain, she did get fired right?

    July 21, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. jp michigan

    the Obama administration have proven to be racist They have treated Ms. Sharron disgracefully. If I were her I would sue the federal government and especially those who continuously harassed this poor women as she drove. Glenn Beck had nothing to do with this scandel, it is all on the Obama administration. They did the same to Bill Clinton, one of their own during the campaign. Well, those who voted for Obama got what they deserved.

    July 21, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Hammerer

    Sure! Blacks can not be racist. Can they?

    July 21, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Texas1954

    The Shirley Sharrod story is an example of how the Right Wing manipulates facts and the media to forward they're agenda.

    Ms. Sherrod should sue the bloogger for slander and defaming her character.

    A message should be sent to these Right Wing Extremist that you can't have and or manipulate your own facts, or carry signs saying that a African American President is a liar, jungle bunny, or a monkey.

    This is another insidious attempt to undermine Barak Obamas Presidency.

    These Right Wingers are not interested in the wellfare of the country, but only there're own demented agenda.

    July 21, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. floridian

    Let's see, if she gets her job back will it be counted as a job saved by the stimulus bill?

    July 21, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. vic

    Finally white house did right thing

    I was watching the brief in CNN , Excellent JOB

    July 21, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Dave

    She sounds like the kind of person we need in government. She deserves more than an apology.

    July 21, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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