Video: Gibbs apologizes to Sherrod

posted at 4:19 pm on July 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Assuming she hasn’t yet formally been offered her job back, consider this an official guarantee that she will be. (Whether she wants it back is a another matter.) Question: When was the last time a story blew up this forcefully in the faces of people on both sides? Conservative media’s been embarrassed (even John Boehner’s criticizing Breitbart’s decision to run a partial clip), the NAACP’s been embarrassed, and of course Obama’s been embarrassed via an unforced error which the left is in no mood to forgive.

On Wednesday, liberals expressed fury that Sherrod hadn’t immediately been re-hired and lamented how the same president who broke so many conventional rules as a candidate was now bowing to the same forces on the right that have tormented Democrats for years.

“Now that the full video is out there and Sherrod’s version of events is vindicated, Obama looks foolish, impulsive and reactive,” said Jane Hamsher, a prominent liberal blogger and frequent Obama critics. “And he has only empowered Breitbart, who will continue to employ the same tactics until someone stands up to him. You would hope the President of the United States could manage that.”

“They desperately want to be liked by the right, and this pathological need to ingratiate themselves with people who want to destroy them lead them to make stupid move after stupid move,” complained Markos Moulitsas, who runs the influential Daily Kos blog

Said the Nation’s Ari Melber: “Obama’s team is right to condemn the sensationalism of 24-7 news, but they play right into the problem by rushing to judgment and ditching people stamped controversial by their opponents. We live in a world where anyone can be Breitbarted — the question isn’t whether you can be clipped out of context, or have your life’s work overshadowed by a day’s worth of links.”

Kos’s claim that Obama is trying to ingratiate himself with conservatives is insane, of course. After ObamaCare, there’s virtually nothing The One could do to redeem himself in the eyes of the right and everyone knows it. (That’s one of the reasons for all the “party of no” messaging, to convince voters that the GOP’s recalcitrance is irreparable and therefore the left’s entitled to abandon bipartisanship and ram stuff through.) As such, firing some unknown USDA employee in response to a Breitbart video wouldn’t make the barest blip in his favorables among conservatives. The real reason they moved so quickly against Sherrod is because of their understandable sensitivity to racial politics, especially after the “beer summit” fiasco and at a moment when the DOJ’s dealing with accusations of bias via the Black Panthers case. That’s why Gibbs’s deputy, Jim Messina, reportedly spent yesterday morning congratulating the WH press team for having moved so quickly against Sherrod. And of course the real reason liberals are angry with him isn’t because Obama’s cuddling up to conservatives or whatever but because he’s blown a golden opportunity to bludgeon the left’s enemies in conservative media. Had the White House held back until the full tape came out, they could have launched a full media offensive against the credibility of righty blogs. As it is, Gibbs is left apologizing for pretty much everyone. What a whiff.

Here’s the clip. CNN was interviewing Sherrod when the briefing again and used the opportunity to run a split screen of her watching Gibbs grovel. We’ve got that clip coming. In fact, Tapper, who enjoys making Gibbsy squirm, actually felt compelled to tell him that Sherrod was watching, which is just all kinds of awesome. Exit question via Ace: If, as the White House insisted yesterday, the order to fire Sherrod came from Vilsack and not from them, why did Messina insist on congratulating his team?

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Its Whitie’s fault. If blacks want to cry about racism, this is the perfect time to fix this. She needs to make a formal statement maybe with the Prez behind her at the podium, saying how this is wrong and an example of the racial tension which needs to stop. This won;t happen though becuase whitie is so bad, and we need to stay within our own kind (derived from her words).

I can see this whole thing being spun to blame whitie. As far as FOX and Brietbart go, good work and keep it up.

johnnyU on July 22, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Me personally, I was in a 7-11 yesterday in a black dominated area, and being the only white person in the place, could feel the bad vibes. I’ll admit I was looking at the door and different ways to get to it if something broke out. In more uncivilized neighborhoods, I wouldnt have gotten out of the car.

johnnyU on July 22, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I watched the entire clip, you know the one that is supposed to exonerate her? The one where she still indicates its an us (black) vs them (white) thing the mention about republicans hating the prsident becuase he is black.
Why is eveyone apologizing to this woman????

paulsur on July 22, 2010 at 10:34 AM

What we should now be asking is if it is ok that she admits she is no longer a racist but what about her being a card carrying classist bolshevic, Mr. Gibbs, should an agent or employee of the federal government who admits that they discrimiate based on class have a job with this administration? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm………..pin drop!

sargentj on July 22, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Here and her husband both, have been activists all their lives.

kingsjester on July 22, 2010 at 10:46 AM

To The people apologizing to miss sherrod i hope have listen to all the tape were she calls all white Rep who oppose Obamacare racists just because Obama is black.This women is no diff. than Van Jones.Wake up so called Conservatives.

thmcbb on July 22, 2010 at 11:52 AM

To The people apologizing to miss sherrod i hope have listen to all the tape were she calls all white Rep who oppose Obamacare racists just because Obama is black.This women is no diff. than Van Jones.Wake up so called Conservatives.

thmcbb on July 22, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Or they need to have their hearing checked because I distinctly heard Mrs. Sherrod say it isn’t about black and white and in the next breath say that it is. Her big revelation was cancelled out.

moonsbreath on July 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Jeff G is spot on with this.

Mr. Joe on July 22, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Where oh where are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on this? Usually they are first there….Are they coordinating with Obama?

albill on July 22, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Sherrod should go and stay gone. No one should apologize to this woman, keep going Breitbart. We need this nonsense exposed for what it is NOT apologized for.

clnurnberg on July 22, 2010 at 8:59 PM

You’re a racist to the core pal…

Keemo on July 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I’ve been called worse by better people. You have a long way before that bullcrap makes a dent. This ought to be good. Please explain.

Here’s something to keep in mind. I don’t know if you’re a racist. But I recommend a few techniques to avoid coming off like one.

I have spoken out against racism against whites, blacks and everyone in between. I’ve spoken out against ethnic-prejudice and anti-gay haranguing too. You’re just mad because I’m defending the wrong type of person. I choose not to discriminate about which groups I choose to support in my anti-prejudice advocacy. My values are the same regardless of who is offending or offended.

The Race Card on July 22, 2010 at 11:59 PM

techniques

The Race Card on July 23, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Sherrod needs to go to a racism management class. Court ordered and all.

Gibbs needs to go to a compulsive liars` class. He will find many of his colleagues already enrolled therein.

Sherman1864 on July 23, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Obama instigated this “racist food fight” in the media to smear his political opposition, telling the NAACP to tag the Tea Party as racists. So says Rich Galen a moment ago.

maverick muse on July 23, 2010 at 12:59 PM

He will find many of his colleagues already enrolled therein.

Sherman1864 on July 23, 2010 at 12:34 AM

will should

maverick muse on July 23, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Sherman1864 on July 23, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Funny. /Obama asked to guest lecture?

maverick muse on July 23, 2010 at 1:01 PM

You’re a racist to the core pal…

Keemo on July 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Coming from you, the idiot. Takes one to know one.

maverick muse on July 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Where oh where are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on this? Usually they are first there….

albill on July 22, 2010 at 7:14 PM

…taking the silent high road for cover.

maverick muse on July 23, 2010 at 1:03 PM

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