July 20th, 2010
04:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Sherrod: White House worried about Glenn Beck

(CNN) - Shirley Sherrod, a former USDA employee who resigned after a controversial video surfaced, told CNN Tuesday that members of the Obama administration "harassed" her and demanded she resign her post immediately.

In an interview with CNN, Sherrod said she repeatedly fielded calls on Monday during a long car ride, during which officials insisted that she pull over to the side of the road and quit her post.

"They asked me to resign, and, in fact, they harassed me as I was driving back to the state office from West Point, Georgia yesterday," Sherrod told CNN. "I had at least three calls telling me the White House wanted me to resign…and the last one asked me to pull over to the side of the road and do it."

Update, 4:36 p.m.: A White House official tells CNN's Suzanne Malveaux the White House was not involved in pressuring for a resignation: "The White House did not pressure her or USDA over the resignation. It was the Secretary’s decision, as he has said.”

Sherrod said the final call came from Cheryl Cook, an undersecretary at the Department of Agriculture. Sherrod said White House officials wanted her to quit immediately because the controversy was "going to be on Glenn Beck tonight."

Related: Ex-worker: USDA 'wasn't interested in hearing the truth'

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  1. Uncle Sam

    Another example of the racism promoted by the Obama Administration... until it comes to light.

    Just refer to it as the haves and have nots and its OK, right Barack? You can smile and wink and everyone knows what you mean.

    July 20, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. thor

    So here we have the W.H.stiring up the charges of racism across the board in order to get out the black vote in Nov.What happened to that person that ran on the pledge to try to unite the nation because we were so divided.Now this person is secretly urging his supporters to play the race card in order to help Dems in their bid to win reelections.Shameful !!!!

    July 20, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Hugo

    Fox 30 is the only News agency left in America... They actually report the facts and all these idiots on here that call Beck a racist have obviously never tuned in to watch his show. CNN, CNBC, and ABC are so far up this Administrations ass if you look closely you can actually see the top of their heads when Obama opens his mouth to read his teleprompter. Where has there been any reporting on any of the crap this Administration has done in the last two years? Backroom bribes=0, False CBO reports in support of healthcare=0, Black Panther case and the DOJ=0... Thank God for someone to stand up and speak up! They in the WH are afraid of the Truth because they are a bunch of self serving corrupt Chicago thugs that live on their lies.

    July 20, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Rubber stamps

    Rather than face the music, the White House want's to modify history and facts.

    Obama has continued to lie and misrepresent healthcare and financial reform and continually blames Republicans and President Bush for policies/situations that he and the democrats)have complete control over - that is when he can persuade the democratic super majority to rubber stamp his agenda.

    July 20, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Faux News and Glenn Beck just LOVE race-baiting and any little tid bit of news they can use to instigate racial tensisons and division.

    July 20, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. AZ Resident

    Way to go Glenn! Someone has to keep these crooks honest. We know that the lame stream media is giving them a pass day after day. Proud of your work in keeping America safe Glenn.

    July 20, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Bill

    Worried of Glenn Beck? How about being more afraid of the Obama administration that 'harassed' her?

    July 20, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Mesa Mick

    Resigning was the only "classy" thing to do Ms. Sherrod.

    Racism – regardless of it's source – should not be tolerated.

    Get that message all you southern GOPers and white evangelicals living in the trailer park in Krackerville, GA?

    July 20, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Paul Ernest Show

    Having listened to the story on CNN, I think the woman deserve her job back and should go to court if that does not happen. The farmer's wife backed her story and what more could be revealing. The world now knows the truth and the truth ought to restore her job. Its not uncommon for people to approach other people with a superiority complex and commenting on her past experience should not affect her job. In her case, she did enough and her enough was good enough for the farmer to retain his farm. It's not unusual, equally, for some private and public agencies to send customers to individuals who could identify with them, to handle the customer's problems. I see that everyday. I experience it every time.

    July 20, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Freedom

    The Obama Administration, The Democrats, Tim Kaine, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi= TYRANNY!!!!!!! Down with TYRANTS!!!

    July 20, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. barbara

    so she claims that fox news and the tea party are to blame for her having to leave her post. No Shirley it was your big mouth and your racist belief system that cost you your cushy job. Stop acting like a victim.

    July 20, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. GL

    Conservative website publisher Andrew Breitbart originally posted the video, which was quickly picked up by Fox News. The video claims Sherrod's remarks were delivered March 27 to an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet, but it is not clear whether that is the case, nor is it clear where the event was or how many people attended. Go figure! Another one of Fox news editing lies.

    July 20, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. snow

    At least there is one less racist in the administration now. To bad they cannot clean out the Justice Department starting with holder.

    July 20, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    Welcome to your democrat party where they eat their own.

    July 20, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Justin

    Sadly, I have to admit that this administration is showing very poor leadership. Andrew Breitbart edited a clip of a speech about a woman who learned to see past race 24 years ago, and packaged it as a story about a civil rights organization that is racist and embedded in federal government today. What Breitbart did is horrible – not only is he trying to foment paranoia about black people, but he destroyed the life of someone far more enlightened than he will ever be to do it. And the White House rolled over on it because they're afraid of Glenn Beck's own delusional ranting. All this will do is encourage more misinformation and paranoia peddling. If the Obama administration cannot learn that the cost of standing up to these people is worth it, if only because rolling over for them is worse, they can't expect to hold onto either house of Congress in November.

    July 20, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Does anyone actually believe this?

    July 20, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. obama victim

    Beck and Rush are more poular than the dems.....obozo is toast

    July 20, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Seriously, Glenn Beck is a hack, a fraud and proves he's clueless every time he opens his mouth. Why would anyone take him seriously? People laugh at what he says. He's not a serious commentator. He's on a tabloid news show and spews nonsense.

    July 20, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    Oh WOW. I'll bet the thought of being on Glenn Beck really scared her into making the decision to quit. I think her effort to put into prospective the reasons for doing the right thing were illconcieved at best and out right wrong. What she did was wrong , however, before a snippet is just case for a resignation or termination, I think the validity of the entire taped conversation should be verified. Just because you walk up on a hunter holding a shot gun and standing over the body of another hunter and hear him claim "This is sad but I really didn't like this guy" doesn't imply guilt while the actual scene would. Find out first and then take action.

    July 20, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    Are you telling me the dems forced a resignation because they are scared of Glenn Beck? Looks like those job creation numbers will have to be adjusted! I can hear you liberals now, ("we are not scared of Glenn beck! he lies)! Really? Then why not fight the "lies" or is it just easier to get somebody to resign?

    July 20, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Well, they couldn't blame this one on Bush, so they had to find another scapegoat.

    So they chose Glenn Beck? A TV personality??

    Priceless. Absolutely priceless. You just can't make this stuff up.

    July 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Tony T

    That's AWESOME. Go get them Glenn, atleast try to keep them honest until we can take care of the problem ourselves in NOVEMBER!!!! What a bumbling disgrace this administration has been, God save or country!!

    July 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Big George in Big D

    Nobama and his crooked administration better be worried about Glenn Beck – he's the only one with a set that is putting out the truth about what's actually going on!

    July 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. KIC

    Might have been believable until she got to the Beck part. Insane.

    July 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Kevin Collins

    That's *real* smart, White House! What you ignorantly did was act like Glenn Beck's show actually means something credible, which it sure as hell does not.

    July 20, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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