July 20th, 2010
07:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama briefed after Sherrod incident

(CNN) - President Obama was briefed after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack decided to seek Shirley Sherrod's resignation and fully supports that decision, a White House official said Tuesday.

Filed under: President Obama • Tom Vilsack
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Angie in Denver

    I'd like to see the day when politicans keep it real. They rushed to judgement before the facts. This was about racial redeemption and now you are going to have folks afraid to talk about race period.

    July 20, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Gerry NH

    It looks like the white house jumped to conclusions again before getting all of the facts. Looks like another beer sunnit. I hope they have some Sam Adams this time.

    July 20, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Joan

    It appears they may not have been properly briefed about this matter. If after looking at her whole speech and her record, they feel they should meet with her andl have her rationally explain her side , then they should listen. She was very wrong to go on national TV bad-mouthing the government and saying they harassed her. She used poor judgement there too. Instead she should have contacted them and explained her situation. She didn't do herself any favours there. However, if she can reasonably explain her statements then maybe she sould get her job or a similar one back. This whole situation has been fuelled by the media on both sides which is too bad.

    July 20, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Shirley in California

    Ms. Sherrod's father (as I understand) was murdered due to racism. While I understand there is some resentment there – her remarks were inappropriate in any setting. People need to understand when you are speaking in public YOU MUST AT ALL TIMES MAINTAIN AND PERSONIFY PROFESSIONALISM. It is unfortunate Ms. Sherrod is being used by the GOP to "get even" and calm their anger re williams -but she is and was old enough to understand with authority comes responsibility.

    July 20, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. roro

    Shame on Fixed News for purposefully deceiving everyone by only including some of Ms. Sherrod's address. They are despicable and should be fined for perpetrating lies on the public.

    July 20, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    She should get an apology from everyone who spoke before knowing the greater truth (except Glenn Beck of course who is beyond reproach).
    She should get her job back, get a bonus and back pay.
    The president should have her to the White House for her own "Beer Summit."

    July 20, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. DorisV

    From what I have seen on TV both Villsack and Obama may have not gotten all the information. The farmer has been interviewed and said that Sherrod helped save his farm. Seems to me that something needs to be corrected here. If a mistake was made an apology is due and she should get her job back.

    July 20, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Ndubueze Chuku

    This is a very unfortunate situation. This woman does not deserve this. The right wing extremists showed only a part of her speech and made it look as if she was being racist. This is ugly and a shame to journalism.

    July 20, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. GenJustice

    Nice to know that the firing of a small time USDA employee (how much more obscure can you get – "director of rural development for Georgia") needs to be briefed to the President of the United States. Nice to know that racism is alive and well.

    July 20, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Paulo

    This was another example of a fake controversy by Andrew Breitbart and Fox News. Mediamatters and tpmmuckraker are destroying Breitbart's case. It turns out Breitbart posted the edited video without watching the whole thing.

    The white farmer that Shirley Sherrod was talking about was on CNN saying how much of a help Shirley was at saving their farm and she did "her level best".

    Shame on Breitbart and his lackeys for making this good woman lose her job!

    July 20, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. A Kickin' Donkey

    This is what happens when we listen to the nonsense of "reverse racism" spewed forth by fringe elements on the right.

    If they had any honor ... and they don't ... all those neo-Cons that were whining about this lady on Monday should be calling for her to be rehired on Wednesday.

    Black folks, in the aggregate, just are not as racist as the majority of these right-wing, race bating whiners. Blacks have compassion and have, over the years, developed the patience to allow scenarios like this to settle out in their rightful state.

    This woman helped this white farmer and her story. The video was selectively edited to make her appear to be a racist when her comments were really about overcoming racial animosity because of what she saw as an air of superiority by the white farmer.

    She should have be heralded by FOX NEWS as an example of what we want to see in citizens instead of criticized.

    July 20, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. Heather O

    What a shame, here we are in 2010, a new begining for America. Oh the dreams we have all shared, and the times we have been through, and yet one news network and a not too mature reporter – decide to splice up some random parts of a video speech, and in his not thinking about what would happen... he cost a good hearted and good working woman her career and her reputation. I must have been raised in a bubble, because I was always taught that you do not spread stories (aka LIES) without knowing the whole of the story, from both sides, all directions, and only then if it is proven true, it should be taken to the parties involved. I do not understand why the President would not also want the 'story' investigated before he took a stand.
    Mrs Sherrod, I appologize for the way your story has been represented, I am sorry you lost your position over this. Just keep strong, stay true...and remember : the dogs will always lie to get what they want. God Bless Mrs Sherrod.

    July 20, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. thor

    Well, i'm glad someone understands this story because i've heard at least 6 different versions of exactly what happened and none of them match or make sense !!!!!

    July 20, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    This is an excellent example of how Fox News opporates and why everything they say must be carefully scrutinized. Especially that which is said from Glen Beck, Rus Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly and other conservative celebreties. What they are intensionally doing is creating a 'noise factor' that distracts from real issues that need to be addressed in an effort to promote their own agendas. They know that the Public and the Media thrives on what can be defined on tabloid jounalism. It appears that not only the NAACP was snookered, but also Ag Sec Tom Vilsack who unintentionally snookered the President. The President needs to back-peddle and reinstate Ms. Sherrod and put on the carpet Fox News. In no uncertain terms, he must stand up to them and inform them that they are on notice.

    July 20, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. Biased

    Shades of Cambridge police comments come floating back as we watch the NAACP and the WH call others racist yet worry so much about their own appearance as being racist that they once again don't bother to find out the truth before they spout off and demand this woman's resignation. They both acted foolishly and rashly and show they better get more beer ready.

    July 20, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |