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. BeverlyNC

    She certainly is owed an apology and the Fox slimeballs who edited her talk and then ran it as fake racist story should be fined by the FCC. Fox is nothing but a hate and lie broadcaster. They have no credbility and their pyscho clowns of Beck, Hannity, and O'Reilly should be pulled off the air. Their shows should be prefaced that these are "entertainment" shows and not news shows.

    Where are the FOX apologies or are they going to stand by their shameless lies and racism??? Just like the Republican Party who pays them to be their propaganda network – nothing is ever their fault, no apologies for anything, and arrogant to the end. Dishonorable and disgusting.

    July 21, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Bassman

    And while the White House is at it they need to apologize to average Americans who believe as the Tea Party does. Smaller Gov't, less taxes, and a strong national defense is what they stand for. And just because the Tea Party disagrees with Pres. Obama does not mean they are racists.

    July 21, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. gt

    this has been the mo of these bag of clowns that a running this country... shoot form the hip ,,, then get the facts... what a sad deed that was dont to this lady,,, but nothing like to the mothers who have lost sons in afganistan

    July 21, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    The USDA is very fortunate so far that she is the classy lady she is. I'm sure that there is some lawyer out the that would be more than happy to sue not only them but FoxNews and scum that put the video up on his website. In fact I hope she DOES go after the latter two. I see FoxNews is not doing a mea culpa and prefers to blame the Obama administration for "throwing her under the bus" That is one pitiful group over there.

    July 21, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Donald

    I am very please to see the White House press secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged the fact that there was a rush to judgment by members of the administration against Mrs. Sherrod. Even I upon seeing the Youtube video was upset and stated that she should be fired because regardless of a person's skin color, race or ethnicity her duty is to give the necessary help. However having seen the full her full speech we all can say an injustice was done to Mrs. Sherrod. I do hope that Fox News will also apologise to her. There should be a criminal law against what Andrew Beirtbart did in wilfully doctoring a tape to falsely accuse. People like Limbaugh, Annetti and the gang must feel like garbage especially after the Spooners came to the defence of Shirley Sherrod. I have learnt my lesson. Be wary of what is posted on line especially from unscrupulous scums who are filled with hate of others.

    July 21, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    What he means is, the race card has been played so much, it is making problems for Obama.

    July 21, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Philly

    I have been home the past few days. As a result, I have been watching the entire/complete episode of Shirley Sherrod. ( I happen to be an independent and therefore watch all TV channels in order to get BOTH sides. of stories/situations,

    Now, I have been extremely impress with Shirley Sherrod. She should NOT accept any offer for her job back. She is the type of person that our country needs so very much.

    Shirley Sherrod is the type of person who should be a US Senator. At this time, I do not remember what state she is from and therefore, if no vacancy is available then she still could be a great addition to congress.

    Go Shirley Go!

    July 21, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Marge

    Isn't it odd. All this charges and counter charges going on and the one person people should be screwing to the all is Breitbart. He is the one who edited this tape and posted it. Now he is trying to say it was like that when he got it and he is suspect of the two farmers. So he screams and hollers and rants and raves about the racism in the tape, he didn't verify anything before he ran with such a piece of crap but now it is the White House fault for the mess HE started.

    Sherrod should sue the pants off Breitbard and Fox because they allowed him to run a documented tape. Seems like he is really good at that, first it was Van Jones, then ACORN and now the one about Sherrod. When is the FCC going to come down on this type of blatant slander and lies. I tell you one thing, if a Democrat every posted anything like this the FBI would be following them home and frog marching them to jail. But since republicans can do any darn thing they want and get buy with it looks like nothing is gonna happen to this piece of crap.

    July 21, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Nothing is too big to fail

    She made it "harder for whites to get taxpayer help than blacks", in her own words and now we owe her an apology?

    Come on, that fact that she sees citizens as black and white in her position is sad. Either we are all Americans or we aren't. tell her to listen to Dr Martin King's speeches again and go find another job

    July 21, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. JR

    It seems to me, President Obama has bad advisers. Otherwise, they should constantly remind him that as a political leader, the President has to be more concerned to please his base and not his enemies.
    For a good political leader, his/her base first and his/her potential voters first. Fox News hate President Obama in death, so why even paying attention to what they say, especially when they are targeting your base. I cannot understand why President Obama even watches Fox News.

    July 21, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. thor

    Lets get one thing straight.Fox only mentioned this story after a day in which the NAACP and the W.H. had demanded that she leave because of her comments.There was no editing of her comments by Fox news .The story was picked up by fox commentators at the 8pm airing of O'reilly after numerous other network coverage ,including CNN. To tryto put the blame on fox network is to ignore the facts as presented !!!!

    July 21, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. AKM

    I hope those evil-minded people at FOXNews will get fired too

    July 21, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Hayes

    You bet she is owed an apology by Obama, the secretary of the USDA and her supervisor. With the amatuers in charge they fired Ms. Sherrod without reviewing the tape. (Makes you wonder about all the important decisions they make on our national security.) The video turned out to be more of about where she was mentally 25 years ago and how she evolved into a better person. She needs to be reinstated today.

    What needs to be reviewed is why the NAACP audience in Ms. Sherrod's speech seemed more pleased with her feelings 25 years ago than her growth into a better person today.

    July 21, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. HorkusMac

    Once again, so much for White House TRANSPARENCY, as Obama over and over and over and over claimed would be the case while on the 2008 campaign trail. Another broken promise – or is there another word for it since he's a Democrat?

    July 21, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Miss Me

    Yes she does. Ms. Sherrod, for jumping to conclusions before having the facts – I offer you my personal apology. I hope they give you back your job. You are an amazing example of what it means to be an American.

    July 21, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. AKM

    Someone has to be really sick to take this women’s speech out of context! It is only a sick person that can do that.

    July 21, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    President Obama's administration has been a flop, a serious disappointment. As a former African American naval officer I am constantly ambushed by the seemingly lack of coherence in some of his decisions. He has been quite cowardice in confronting the opposition and caving to the conservative right. Throwing Mrs Sherrod under the bus is the final straw. This man doesnt have the guts to effectively execute and properly manage this country,

    July 21, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Rick

    John King's interview with Andrew Breitbart, the man who posted the Shirley Sherrod video online, was painful to watch. What kind of a journalist lets his interviewee walk all over him and spout on tangents that have nothing to do with the subject being asked?

    Seriously, John, grow a pair and take someone to task when they blatantly change the subject away from something that is potentially damaging to make themselves look like the victim. There is a difference between impartial reporting and getting made a fool of.

    Fantastic reporting job, sir.

    July 21, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. George

    Don't you mean "White House" Press secretary, NOT "White Secretary"?

    July 21, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. james

    Wow–what a mess
    I hope Shirley Sherrod receive the appology she deserves.

    I have a prediction. There will be a movie made of this story.

    July 21, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Jon-In-Ca

    It appears this Administration "acted stupidly"?

    July 21, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Nana

    Is unfortunate that that pple like sean hannity have no shame and after all the fact is out is still questioning the choice of words of mrs sherrods implying she is still racist. Hannity is pathetic

    July 21, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Gasstationman

    She is indeed owed an apology. She is exactly the kind of government employee we need. Breitbart should be sued for defamation of character for editing the tape and intentionally trying to mislead the public along with Fox News.

    July 21, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Lisa P

    I hope the President does give her a call, though. Shirley Sherrod provides a great example of what we all should be striving for. Those who tried to distort her story have only amplified it - racism can be overcome if you look at the person and not the stereotypes.

    July 21, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. doug

    She has race issues, that doesn't automatically make you a racist, well to a liberal it does but the person has to be white, the libs can't be like ALL CONSERVATIVES AND TEA PARTY AMERICANS who live by the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, .....a nation where we judge not based on color of skin but by the content of our character . Then again if I had the character of the average Democrat I'd probably be against his words like every DEMOCRAT in America is today.

    Who is owed an apology? Well after the lies and hate being spewed by every evil Democrat, that's easy. Andrew Breitbart is owed an apology, Rush, Sean, Glenn Beck, and of coarse FOX NEWS IS OWED AN APOLOGY as well.

    July 21, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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