Barack Obama claims that Tom Vilsack acted too quickly on Shirley Sherrod
We all know the story by now; Shirley Sherrod was captured on video admitting that she refused to help a white farmer who was going to lose his farm because of his color. The Obama regime forced Shirley Sherrod to resign, but in light of more video evidence, there is the possibility that the Obama regime acted stupidly when it requested Shirley Sherrod resign before they knew all the facts in the case.
With the new video evidence that may or may not exonerate Shirley Sherrod, the Obama regime was forced make an embarrassing reversal. Tom Vilsack eventually took responsibility for her firing, and offered to rehire Shirley Sherrod to a new job (presumably a promotion designed to shut her up.)
Today Barack Obama called Shirley Sherrod personally to apologize to her. But he also threw Tom Vilsack under the bus when he claimed that Tom Vilsack “jumped the gun” when he called for Shirley Sherrod’s resignation.
He jumped the gun, partly because we now live in this media culture where something goes up on YouTube or a blog and everybody scrambles
In light of Barack Obama’s recent claim that information has become a diversion for Americans, and that Americans have access to too much information which puts a burden on our democracy (republic), and in light of the fact that during the campaign he claimed that Americans sometimes get confused and watch the wrong television stations, I find this comment a little scary for it keeps in tune with a general premise that seems to permeate the Obama White House.
The new media has given us unprecedented coverage of politicians and Barack Obama does not like that one bit. So once again he rails against the fact that the internet was the conduit that allowed thousands of Americans access to this information, seeming to place the blame for Shirley Sherrod’s comments on the site that uploaded the video rather than on the person making the comments.
While it appears as if Shirley Sherrod not only will not be held accountable for what she said, she was offered a promotion in the wake of the controversy she started while the man that exposed what she said– Andrew Breitbart– may be held accountable for exposing what she said.
Having said all of that, I want to get on to what the topic of this post was supposed to be about before I got carried away. And that topic is the fact that– in addition to crying about the internet– Barack Obama is throwing Tom Vilsack under the bus because he claimed that Vilsack over-reacted to the situation at hand. Tom Vilsack is being a good soldier by admitting that he is the one who made the call to ask Shirley Sherrod to tender her resignation.
But there is still the accusation out there by Shirley Sherrod herself that Barack Obama’s White House called her two times and demanded that she tender her resignation immediately on her Blackberry– to which she complied.
They called me twice,” Sherrod told the AP, noting that she was driving when she received the calls. “The last time they asked me to pull over the side of the road and submit my resignation on my Blackberry, and that’s what I did.
According to Shirley Sherrod, it was the Obama regime who called her repeatedly to demand her resignation– not Tom Vilsack, as the Obama regime would like you to think. (Again, too much information for Barack Obama’s liking.)
Barack Obama sees this as a teachable moment, claiming that we can all learn from this:
If there’s a lesson to be drawn from this episode, it’s that rather than us jumping to conclusions and pointing fingers at each other, we should all look inward and try to examine what’s in our own hearts
I find it funny how the man that points his finger at the Bush administration at every chance he can get suddenly does not want fingers pointed when they end up pointed at him! It seems to me that Barack Obama could learn a little something if he just followed his own advice.
Now Barack Obama is pointing the finger at Tom Vilsack, instead of looking inward to see what is in his own heart.
Barack Obama is claiming that the decision to fire Shirley Sherrod was Tom Vilsack’s decision: Tom Vilsack is claiming that he was under no pressure from the administration to fire Shirley Sherrod: and Shirley Sherrod is claiming that it was indeed the Obama regime that forced her to tender her resignation on the side of the road by using her Blackberry.
Someone is lying here and I think that I know who it is.