July 22nd, 2010
01:28 PM ET

Obama talks with USDA employee forced out of her job

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.

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  1. Stan

    Its about time this White house stood up to the race-baiting slugs at FAUX NEWS, like Glenn Beck, Hannity, Bill O'Rilley including those blonde bimbo anchors, also Rush Limbaugh. Why should the white house care about these people who are scared to death of "losing" their country to multi-ethnicity, they shouldn't matter anymore as the country is becoming more diverse by the minute. Very soon, the white racists will become relics of a lost age, Glenn Beck may go blind by next year which is deffinitely a good news because then SKIN COLOR won't matter to him anymore, perhaps its God's perfect plan for his redemption.

    The teachable thing for the white house is, right-wing republican stories and fight-baiting including any news that comes from FAUX NEWS must NEVER be taken seriously. They have lost their credibility and should never be given any legitimacy in the mainstream again! Shirley Sherrod is the new Rosa Parks and a hero of civil rights, I hope she goes around the country to give lectures on race and reconciliation. SHAME on the right-wing republican tea bagging racists, their time is over, this is a new world.

    July 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joan

    Andrew Breitbart wasn't interested in the truth, he wanted a soundbite. He wanted to make a name for himself, but it just made him look ignorant. He never even checked his own info. Shame on him. What's next, will he be going thru people's garbage cans? Shirley Sherrod shoud be applauded for her good work, and for her grace under fire. I hope she will give more speaches on tolerance and fairness in business and in the media. This whole incident was mean spirited and totally unnecessary. I also witnessed Fox airing one of their "experts" who swore that Obama orchestrated the whole thing. What is happening to our media? Are they so self serving, that they will air any crap just to get attention? Is being controversial more important than the truth?

    July 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave Althaus

    The real take-home lesson for everyone, regardless of political views, is that you simply don't fire a person without investigation and giving the person a chance to defend themselves. To do so is just plain wrong, regardless of who does it! The White House neeeds to sack the person that was behind the forced resignation......even the untouchable Mr. Emanuel.

    A second take home lesson in all of this is that "journalism" in this country has sunk to new lows......on all sides of any given issue. Gone are the days when real journalists reported facts, regardless of which cause got hurt and which got helped. Now all the "news" is filtered through the biases of the journalists and facts are rarely checked. It is time we hold journalists publicly accountable for their work products.

    July 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Come on!

    She said what she said.....and she seemed to enjoy saying it.....I believed they were correct to fire her.

    July 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Honest Abe

    Black prof. throws a hissy fit, is proven wrong by a police recording, gets to sit with the President and drink.
    This black makes racist statements, is caught making racist statments, and gets texts and a phone call from the President.

    When is Robert Mugabe invited for tea?

    July 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |