August 24th, 2010
06:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Sherrod insists White House was behind her ouster

Shirley Sherrod has declined a job offer from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Shirley Sherrod has declined a job offer from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

(CNN) – Former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod insists that the White House was behind the rush decision in July to ask her to resign after a conservative web publisher released an edited video clip that seemed to show her recounting racist behavior on her part. But she left open the possibility that the request for her resignation might not have come from "others working for the president" rather than directly from President Obama.

After a meeting with Sherrod Tuesday morning, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack repeated his previous assertions that he did not speak with anyone at the White House before deciding to force Sherrod to step down.

"This was my responsibility," he said. "I disappointed the president (and) the country. ... I have to live with that."

But, in an interview set to air Tuesday on Anderson Cooper 360° Sherrod said "I stand by that" when asked about her past assertions that the White House had been involved in the loss of her job.

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  1. Peter s

    My sincere apology Mama Shirley Sherrod it happened! lets get over it and move on!

    August 24, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Toughlove

    And people think Bush was an idiot because he didn't speak like a slick lawyer?? President Obama has proven in two short years he lacks the wisdom and self-control to act in a presidential manner and withhold judgment till all facts are in. This type of wisdom usually comes with experience of leadership, if not an innate gift. He lacks both.

    August 24, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Don't worry too much about Shirley – she's a millionaire 13 times over. Doesn't really need to work for anyone.

    August 24, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Jennifer

    Can you say "show me the money". She is in her 15 minutes of fame and will milk it for all the $$ it's worth. Another money grubby gov (ex)worker.

    August 24, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Proud member of Global Zero

    Well, if she got the word from the White House then they sent it to her. What DID happen was that she got it from the Secretary of AG. If she wants to sit on her butt instead of helping people go ahead. There are plenty more people out there that can do her job.

    August 24, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Tj

    If they were, so what CNN, this is old news..........what she wants monies from the White House.......she wants to write a book. I dont understand why she keep going on with it........They offer her another position and she did not want it.....i take it!.......
    What is her motive now. Yes this was wrong what they did, but come on she need to move on. Please CNN stop giving her attention. Those that were involve said that they were sorry .But i guess the BEAT goes on and on. Everyone got a price TAG..........

    August 24, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Augsbee

    Lady, you've caused President Obama embarrassement, chaos, you owe him an apology. Enough with blaming Obama and people still were encouraging her to file a lawsuit on Mr. Vilsack and the Dept. of Agriculture??? These woman is smart, she's out to make money somehow, from someone, even if she has to blame our President. Again, how did she get her job at the Dept. of Agriculture after suing them in 1997 and she made money on it????????

    August 24, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. triana

    It doesnt appear to have come from The President. Often times, people will throw a name around to make it more serious than it is. I understand her frustration but Vilsack is correcting the issue. My advice to Ms. Sherrod is to get over it. Stop playing this card and go back to work, where the real work can get done. Everyone needs to stop blaming President Obama for everything when no one NOT ONE PERSON held Mr. Bush accountable for anything.

    August 24, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. John

    "This was my responsibility," he said. "I disappointed the president (and) the country. ... I have to live with that."

    So why are you still there? Take the bullet, fall on your sword, step down, jump off, resign, fade away, pull a palin, ad nauseum.

    August 24, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. HypocriCNN

    I Believe Shirley Sherrod All The Way Is Right, But Proving (Or Having Proof) It Is The Other Issue.

    August 24, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Keith in Austin

    News is that Shirley Sherrod joined the Tea Party movement today!

    August 24, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Andrew Breitbart is a So Low That Slugs look Down On Him . . .

    Sue Shirley, Sue- Take Breitbart's Money – Make His Sugar Daddy's Pay too. And while your at it, sue O'Reiley, GOP, er Fox News and anyone else who republished Breitbart's libel.

    August 24, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Chipster

    It doesn't matter who or how many officials reacted before checking the facts. That is what they did and shame on them. At least they admitted their mistake and are trying to make amends. However, too many Americans have been doing the same thing for quite some time. Every time Beck, Limbaugh, et.al. make some outrageous accusation, they go ballistic without checking the facts. Then, when it's proven false, they're too embarrassed to admit they were wrong so they keep repeating the false information.

    August 24, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. BJ

    I am beginning to question her motives.

    August 24, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. NC Ex-Pub

    My guess is Shirley has had her fifteen minutes of fame.

    August 24, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. B Mama Jamm

    I am a lefty, butt his self centered MLK wanna be is a reason why their is distrust. DO you have to be MKL? Can't you just do your work?

    August 24, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  17. rdepontb

    Ms. Sherrod,

    You were mistreated, no doubt. You have acquitted yourself very well. Let's move on, leave while we're ahead, ok?

    August 24, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. DENNA

    Of course the White House was behind your firing. Their reaction was a knee-jerk reaction to the constant lies and demonetization of the right. Glen Breitbart should be driven out of the country. First Amendment rights come with responsibility. The conservation spitting heads can't seem to grasp this concept and their audience is too stupid to notice.

    August 24, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. CPT Crunch

    I'm tired of his woman already. The USDA accepted their mistake and offered a job back and she still complains about it and continues accusing the president for her being fired. What else does she wants? A lifetime supply of meat?? a million dollars??? What????
    I think she wants publicity to later run for some political office. Ma'am your 15 minutes of fame are over, deal with it.......

    August 24, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |