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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 12:20 PM
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President Calls Shirley Sherrod
Source: Talking Points Memo

President Calls Shirley Sherrod
David Kurtz | July 22, 2010, 1:12PM

The White House's description of the call:

READOUT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CALL WITH SHIRLEY SHERROD

The President reached Ms. Sherrod by telephone at about 12:35. They spoke for seven minutes.

The President expressed to Ms. Sherrod his regret about the events of the last several days. He emphasized that Secretary Vilsack was sincere in his apology yesterday, and in his work to rid USDA of discrimination.

The President told Ms. Sherrod that this misfortune can present an opportunity for her to continue her hard work on behalf of those in need, and he hopes that she will do so.

Read more: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/07/the_p...
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 12:27 PM
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1. I hope she takes that new job. That would be a good conclusion
to this unfortunate incident. I also hope Shirley Sherrod sues the shit out of Dumbbart and Fox for defamation of character.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 12:30 PM
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2. Agreed. I also hope that the WH will now treat Faux the way they deserve to be treated
Edited on Thu Jul-22-10 12:34 PM by Turborama
Ignored as a real news station, but looked upon as a disinformation station which needs to be kept under a microscope for its constant seditious behavior.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 12:32 PM
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3. Oh, I imagine the WH learned something from this, all right.
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 12:40 PM
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6. The question is...

Will they apply what they've learned?

From what I've seen, I highly doubt it.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 12:47 PM
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7. I've learned not to make predictions about what the White House
will and will not do.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 04:11 PM
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21. I find myelf unable to predict what Obama will do next
When you think he might fold he does something decisive and bold and when it looks like he could be bold to push an agenda he seems to fold. I really wonder how his thought processes are. I wonder if he's thinking about some outcome way out in the future.

JFK thought way ahead when he decided that the US should go to the Moon. Sometimes I think Obama does the same thing. When others take up the cause of single payer healthcare now that there's a foundation to work with then his moves will be brilliant.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 01:07 PM
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10. I have the feeling that they will
Being burned twice by the same cast of characters ought to wake up people who are smart enough to have never been burned even once.

I've been disappointed in lots of things about this administration and posted here at DU about all of it. But I think Breitbart and like minded people and organizations had better tread lightly from here on out. It will never be so easy for them although I don't think they'll give up trying. Prejudice runs deep in this country and they'll try pressing those buttons. This administration needs to heighten its awareness and how they respond to the right wing. It's either that or they lose everything.
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azmesa207 Donating Member (327 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 04:18 PM
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22. The white house
Should not blame anyone but them selfs for this debacle .There the white House for god sakes they should have gotten the darn video them selfs and showed the country what Fox News is all about . Rham Emanuel Should be fired as chief of staff for letting this happen to the president . Obama clearly isn't up to the job of fighting the right wing smear machine .
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 12:50 PM
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8. I'd bet there are plenty enough folk who would contribute to a legal fund for her. I know I would.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 01:57 PM
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13. I think most of these types of lawsuits are done
on a contingency basis, meaning the lawyers take a cut of the settlement for their fee.
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time_has_come Donating Member (872 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-10 08:58 AM
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29. I don't understand why she hasn't also been offered her old job back. Maybe she'd like that?
I dunno.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 12:35 PM
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4. More details

Obama talks with USDA employee forced out of her job

(CNN) -- Shirley Sherrod got her wish Thursday -- a conversation with President Barack Obama about her forced resignation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The president's office sent Sherrod a text message indicating that Obama had been trying to get in touch with her, Sherrod told CNN producer Julie O'Neill.

Sherrod said she called the White House and was given another number to call. She dialed that number a few minutes later and spoke with the president.

According to O'Neill, Sherrod declined to have the phone call videotaped by CNN, but she was "very pleased" with the conversation.

more


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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 02:50 PM
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16. Kudos to Ms. Sherrod for refusing CNN's despicable request ....
to have the phone call videotaped by them. Fucking vultures, all of them.

The admiration I have for Ms. Sherrod has increased exponentially every time I see her on air or read about her. Wonderful, very savvy woman, imo.
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 12:36 PM
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5. I hope she takes the job, and
goes after not-so-Brietbart with both barrels blazin'!
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 01:05 PM
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9. I hope she goes back to USDA
but not to that new position. I heard Shirley speak about her work. She was obviously very connected to the mission of the work she was doing. I'd like to see her return to her work or a position higher in the chain. The new position may be nice but I think we would all be better served if Shirley was able to return to the work she was so committed to.
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TEXASYANKEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 03:14 PM
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19. I agree.
Ms Sherrod appears to be passionate about her work. I hope she returns to it.
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 01:21 PM
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11. well ok then
I guess it's better than nothing but he should have had her come to his office. Not saying that won't happen but this woman was visciously and publicly attacked. A little drama is really ok Mr. President..but thanks for calling her.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 01:22 PM
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12. Actually, I was hoping the President would send her a hand-written note.
Her grandchildren could have sold it on eBay for college funds.
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 02:08 PM
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14. she won't need to sell a hand-written note one she gets through with Faux et al
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Metta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 02:42 PM
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15. This is in lieu of supporting Elizabeth Warren, I'll bet.
Time will tell.
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 02:53 PM
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17. Spurious speculation based on.....absolutely nothing...
I guess the lessons that needed to be learned about using spurious speculation without FACTS has yet to be learned by some.
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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 03:00 PM
Response to Reply #17
18. +1
:thumbsup:
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Metta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-23-10 11:03 PM
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25. Read the papers and listen to the news.
Like, uh, this site.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 03:54 PM
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20. The buck stops at the boss's desk..it was about he made that call.
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-22-10 09:00 PM
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23. No.
It was overkill.

Next topic: Why the fawning over the employee because of a mistake?

The Vilsack press conference was more than sufficient. Meeting with the caucus set up the next big, bad spin; I'm sure it's already lurking "out there."

If the woman's last name had been Matsumoto, one wonders if the rush to judgement would have been so great, if the embarrassment would have been so great if here had been a rush to judgment, if Vilsack would have offered so much as a personal apology in private, if she'd have been offered a different job, if Vilsack would have met with CAPAC, and whether Obama would have called her.

We won't even ponder those questions for a hypothetical "John Q. Sunderson" if the skin tones were flipped.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-23-10 08:10 AM
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24. Wrong. Apologies are not "fawning" they are what adults do when they make a mistake.
I hope the country follows his lead, back to maturity.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-23-10 11:09 PM
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26. "If the skin tones were flipped"? Wtf?
You aren't really trying to drag reverse discrimination into this AGAIN after you just had the world's best illustration of what utter rightwing bullshit it is, are you?

:wtf:
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-10 05:39 AM
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27. Turning point.
Perhaps this will be the incident that flips the votes this fall.

We need some help, Mr. President. Seriously.
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robcon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-10 08:31 AM
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28. I don't think this will 'flip any votes' this fall.
If anything, this will be used as a weapon by the rightwing.

Howard Kurtz's line will be repeated: "Sherrod may be the only official ever dismissed because of the fear that Fox host Glenn Beck might go after her. As Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tried to pressure her into resigning, Sherrod says Deputy Undersecretary Cheryl Cook called her Monday to say "do it, because you're going to be on 'Glenn Beck' tonight."
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