“Too late” for this BS now, Tom:
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters this afternoon that he has offered a “personal and profound” apology to Shirley Sherrod for forcing her to resign as a result of an out-of-context video posted to a conservative website. Vilsack was adamant that the decision to fire Sherrod was his and his alone, saying “the buck stops with me, as it should.” He said he made a “very hasty decision which I deeply regret” and that he will “have to live with that for a long, long time. “I did not think before I acted and for that reason this poor woman has gone through a very difficult time,” he said. “This was my decision, and I made it in haste.”
In discussing why he wanted Sherrod to accept his offer to work in the USDA, Vilsack said she has “an extraordinary history of helping individuals in trouble.” He said “she has a unique set of skills that I think would assist and help USDA in trying to turn the page in our civil rights chapter, which has been difficult.”
SMH. You know Messy Jesse and Permed Up Al had to throw in their two cents:
Black leaders piled on Wednesday in criticizing Sherrod’s ouster. The Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the administration to apologize and give Sherrod her job back. The Congressional Black Caucus, with 42 members of Congress, called for Sherrod to be reinstated immediately.
However, the Rev. Al Sharpton said black leaders should refrain from calling for an apology from the Obama administration, saying that creates the impression that black leadership is fractured. “We are only greasing the rails for the right wing to run a train through our ambitions and goals for having civil and human rights in this country,” Sharpton said.