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Shirley Sherrod Is Going to Force President Obama Into This Mess

Not only did Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack apologize profusely to Shirley Sherrod yesterday, he even offered her a brand-new job, "something in civil rights with the Office of Outreach"! How exciting! Sherrod, who was thrown under the bus for an out-of-context clip posted on Andrew Breitbart's website without even being allowed to tell her side of the story, was practically giddy on Today this morning:


I would not want to be that individual that the [Agriculture] Department and everyone is looking to to solve the issue of racism in USDA. ... They talked about the Office of Outreach, and dealing with discrimination within the agency. ... I haven't seen the offer: The Secretary said he would e-mail it to me — I have not seen it yet. So before I say "no" totally, I would like to look at that, to weigh it.

Huh ... okay, not that excited. Besides actually looking at the job offer — Vilsack seemingly has a lot of trouble making phone calls and sending e-mails — Sherrod says she also wants to speak to one other person, the one person who has been trying the hardest to stay out of this whole thing: President Obama.

As she explained on Today:


I really would not want the president to apologize to me. I'd love to have a conversation with him, though ... You know, I'd like to talk to him a little bit about the experience of people like me. People at the grassroots level. People who live out there in rural America, people who live in the south.

Yeah, that sounds nice and all, but have you not heard, Shirley? President Obama wants to get involved in another racial controversy like he wants another giant oil spill.

SHIRLEY SHERROD PUTS PRESIDENT OBAMA ON SPOT TO CALL — INCLINED TO REFUSE JOB [Playbook/Politico]
Ousted USDA official: Obama should call me [Today]

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