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Shirley Sherrod is Unsure if Obama is Behind Her

July 22, 2010

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Ousted but now recruited U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod says she wants to hear directly from President Obama that he and his administration are fully committed to fighting discrimination against black farmers.

“I can’t say that the president is fully behind me,” Sherrod told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday morning. “I would hope that he is…I would love to talk to him.”

Sherrod — whose forced resignation Monday night based on a misleading video snippet led to a White House apology and a new job offer from Agriculture — is in New York Thursday for a series of television interviews on the network and cable morning shows.

On NBC’s Today Show, Sherrod said she hoped to speak to Obama about the experiences of rural farmers.

“I’d like to talk to him about the experiences of people like me, people at the grassroots level, people who live out here in rural America people, who live in the South. I know he does not have that kind of experience,” Sherrod said.

“We love him, we want him to be successful, because we feel he thinks in some ways like we do, and we think that’s good for the country,” she said later. “Yes, there are issues out there that we are faced with, issues of poverty. The other thing, I want everything to reflect, I want a good reflection for him as the first black president.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered Sherrod a position with USDA’s Office of Civil Rights and Community Outreach, Sherrod said. But she’s inclined to decline the offer.

“I would not be that individual that the department, everyone is looking to to solve the issue of racism in USDA. It takes a lot more to get that job done,” she said, noting that other USDA officials have not lost their jobs for discriminating against minority or women farmers.

Sherrod also told CNN’s “American Morning” that said she would like to “get back at” Andrew Breitbart, the right-wing blogger whose posting of the video snippet triggered the political storm that led to her ouster. Asked whether she would like to see Breitbart’s Web site shut down, Sherrod replied: “That would be a great thing…he’s doing more to divide us.”

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  1. July 23, 2010 3:18 pm

    Are the journalists who got the story wrong really so much different than the blogger whom they decried as not a real journalist? I think the lines blurring in this age of the internet.


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